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Akron vs. Nebraska, college football, 9.1.18

The Nebraska student section sings along to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" in the middle of a weather delay on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos addressed the media in person Wednesday for the first time since Saturday's game against Akron was canceled.

Moos said he and Akron AD Larry Williams, "who's a classy guy and a good AD," had a "very good dialogue" as the events of Saturday night progressed.

Moos said the decision was ultimately left up to Akron, and the Zips decided against resuming the game on Sunday.

"Scott (Frost) felt like he wanted to play, and the players wanted to play (Sunday). That's the message I was getting," Moos said.

Early in discussions with Akron, Moos said, Williams was confident his Zips would be able to secure hotel rooms for Saturday night. Akron had stayed in suburban Omaha the previous evening.

But as the night progressed, it became clear Akron wouldn't be able to find enough rooms in one place to house the football team under one roof.

That's when dorm rooms became an option. Nebraska, which stays at the Cornhusker Marriott the night before home games, had secured vacant dorm rooms on the UNL campus for its players Saturday night. When it became clear that Akron couldn't find hotel rooms, Nebraska officials offered those dorm rooms to the Zips, Moos said. It appeared there would be hotel ballroom space available to provide a pregame meal for Akron players in the morning.

That, however, meant Nebraska's players would scatter to their own homes, and Akron's players would be split between two dorms. Soon after, the decision was made to cancel the game.

Moos said there is a standing verbal agreement for the schools to attempt to reschedule the game for Saturday, Dec. 1, if neither team is in its conference championship game.

"We kind of left it verbally that we'd like to play the game," Moos said. "So if both schools agreed to it, we could play on the Saturday after the end of the regular season, barring either team being in their conference championship game."

There will be no refunds of tickets purchased for the game, Moos said, as is stated on the back of NU's tickets. Instead, tickets will be reissued for a 12th game, should one be scheduled for either Oct. 27, Nebraska's open date, or the first weekend in December.

"We just sent a message to our fans to hold tight in regards to what I'm talking about," Moos said. "Tickets would be re-issued regardless of how we're going to go."

The email to ticket holders said "fans who purchased tickets through a third-party need to contact that provider for answers regarding their ticket policies."

Moos said other options are on the table for a 12th game, including potentially playing on Nebraska's bye week. Moos said NU has looked primarily at FCS schools for an opponent on Oct. 27, but conversations are still in the preliminary stage.

Nebraska has not yet paid Akron the $1.17 million the schools agreed upon in the game contract, but Moos said "at the end of the day, expenses for sure will be covered."

It appears Nebraska will do everything possible to get a 12th game on the schedule.

"We do want to play 12 games, we do want to be bowl-eligible, we do want to extend the season," Moos said.

As for the potential to play Iowa State, which also had its game canceled Saturday, Moos said there have been no discussions with the Cyclones.

But "we haven't taken anything off the table yet," Moos said.

This is a developing story. Stay with JournalStar.com for updates.

Reach the writer at (402) 473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.​

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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