Coaches from No. 20 Wisconsin and Arizona agreed to skip halftime yesterday after their game was delayed for nearly 11/2 hours in the second quarter because of lightning in Tucson.

Officials cleared the field with no score and 6 minutes 13 seconds left in the first half.

Lightning and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Javier swept into the area moments later, and the game did not resume for 93 minutes.

Because of the long delay, coaches Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin and Mike Stoops of Arizona agreed to go directly into the third-quarter kickoff once the second quarter ended.

Inclement weather wreaked havoc elsewhere as well. Ferrum and Chowan tried to play it safe Friday in Ferrum, Va., moving their Division III football game up a day to avoid the remnants of Tropical Storm Ivan. Instead, they wound up playing a bizarre game as Ivan, with whipping winds and sheets of rain, arrived early.

With only 127 people looking on, the teams endured two weather delays, skipped halftime and agreed to shorten the fourth quarter to eight minutes as Ferrum won, 44-0.

The Panthers (2-1) were leading 26-0 with 6:51 left in the second quarter when lightning forced a 40-minute delay. When play resumed, it was stopped a few minutes later amid reports of tornados nearby, including one that touched down six miles away.

-- Associated Press