FORT WORTH, Texas -- FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU's home game against Texas was delayed Saturday night when officials sent players to the locker room late in the first half because of lightning in the area.

The referee announced with 6:08 left in the first half that the game was being delayed for the safety of the players. He referred to flashing warning lights nearby that indicate lightning is nearby.

During the delay, TCU officials said that when play resumed, the remainder of the second quarter would be played before a shortened halftime. There will be only a five-minute break, with the teams remaining on the field, before the second half begins.

It was raining when TCU coach Gary Patterson ran the length of the field from his locker room to the other end where the Texas team was to discuss options with Longhorns coach Mack Brown and other officials. On his way back to his locker room, Patterson saluted the soaked students who stayed in the stands and were cheering while he ran down the field.

There were severe storms in the area. Rain started to fall and the first visible flashes of lightning came several minutes after the players went inside. There was a bolt of lightning that went straight down behind one side of the stands.

While there was no order for fans to clear the stadium, most left their seats and sought cover. TCU officials opened the nearby basketball coliseum for fans to go in there.

Texas was leading 17-7.

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  • Fans sit in the stands in a heavy rain during a thunder delay in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game between Texas and TCU, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • Texas v TCU

    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 26: Fans wait out a game delay after play was suspended due to lightning in the area in the second quarter as the Texas Longhorns took on the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Gary Patterson

    TCU head coach Gary Patterson walks into the visitor's tunnel on his way to meet with Texas coach Mack Brown during a thunder delay during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. The teams agreed to play the remainder of the second quarter after half-time with a five-minute break between the second and third quarters. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • Texas v TCU

    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 26: Fans wait out a game delay after play was suspended due to lightning in the area in the second quarter as the Texas Longhorns took on the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Gary Patterson

    TCU head coach Gary Patterson walks out the visitor's tunnel after meeting with the visiting coach during a thunder delay during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. The teams agreed to play the remainder of the second quarter after half-time with a five-minute break between the second and third quarters. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • Fans sit in the stands during a thunder delay in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game between Texas and TCU, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • Texas v TCU

    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 26: Fans wait out a game delay after play was suspended due to lightning in the area in the second quarter as the Texas Longhorns took on the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Texas v TCU

    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 26: A view of a storm cloud near Amon G. Carter Stadium as the Texas Longhorns take on the TCU Horned Frogs on October 26, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. Play was suspended in the second quarter due to lightning in the area. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Texas v TCU

    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 26: A view as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • Texas v TCU

    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 26: A view as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)