Dark, swirling clouds seemed to envelop Kansas State's stadium during a delay of almost 1½ hours in Saturday's game against Central Florida.

The game was stopped early in the first quarter because of lightning that accompanied a storm system rapidly bearing down on the area.

For the next 20 minutes or so, fans — largely Midwesterners used to violent storms — watched the strange-looking clouds roll in from the northwest.

On the horizon, they seemed almost to touch the ground. When they reached the stadium, they were dark and angry-looking. They seemed to be boiling in the sky like a dark liquid bubbling in a pot. The rotation suggested the formation of funnel clouds.

Finally, heavy rain began. By the time play was resumed after a delay of 1 hour, 26 minutes, officials said more than half an inch of rain had fallen.

Play was resumed at 1:15 p.m.