OGDEN — Weber State's FCS quarterfinal loss to Maine was already going to be a long game since it was televised on ESPN2.
And then came the third quarter — a 59-minute third quarter that exhausted fans' patience and maybe set a record for the number of referee video reviews in one quarter (four).
By that time, the "flaming W" that set the northeast hillside ablaze (along with commenters on the internet) had been extinguished for awhile, so there was nothing to distract fans' attention from the slow-moving defensive slugfest being played out on the field.
The effect of that quarter varied depending on which coach you asked.
"There was probably more stoppage than there was playing. It was tough, a lot of reviews and I'm glad they got the targeting right, that was good," Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak said. "Certainly the touchdown, it looked like it was a touchdown from the replay so they got that one right. It's definitely worth it but it does take away from the rhythm a little bit especially when you're trying to move along and get a win."
From Weber State head coach Jay Hill: "They had to go through the same thing, so no, it doesn't effect it."
The chronological account of how the third quarter transpired perhaps helps paint the picture.
The second half kicked off.
Weber State quarterback Jake Constantine threw a screen pass to Devon Cooley, who fumbled it and Maine picked it up and returned it for a touchdown. The play was under review for about three minutes and the officials ruled it an incomplete pass.
Trey Tuttle nailed a 45-yard field goal to cut Weber State's deficit to 14-6.
WSU linebacker LeGrand Toia dives backward to intercept Chris Ferguson's pass. The ball pops out of Toia's hands when he hits the ground, prompting another review which lasts three minutes. The call is confirmed.
Cooley caught a pass and held on despite a vicious hit by a Maine defender. An official threw a flag, which initially looked to be an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Cooley who had just finished a rather animated celebration for such a small gain.
Instead, it was a targeting flag on Maine. That meant another review and another four minutes of fans' patience wearing thin.
By the way, at time of the targeting call at 8:16 p.m., 27 minutes after the start of the third quarter, only 5:15 had elapsed off the clock. That's right, the clock read 9:45 after 27 minutes.
The review for the targeting took four minutes and ended at 8:20 p.m. when the officials overturned the initial targeting call. Before Weber State could even snap the ball again, the Wildcats were whistled for an illegal substitution penalty.
The Wildcats punted.
The Black Bears punted with 6:37 left in the third quarter.
Television reporters covering Maine left the press box so they could prepare for the late-night news on the East Coast, which at that point was only 30 minutes away.
Jeffrey DeVaughn intercepted Constantine, one of four interceptions Constantine threw Friday.
On fourth-and-12, Constantine evaded pressure from two defensive ends and lofted a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cooley in the back of the end zone.
Except it wasn't called a touchdown. The officials took a full minute to make a call on the field and they finally called it an interception for Maine and a touchback.
And then it was reviewed, but only for one minute this time. At 8:40 p.m., the official declared it was a touchdown and the crowd erupted. It was a 14-12 game, Weber State's offense was alive and Tuttle missed the extra point.
Freshman running back Josh Davis was tackled for a 3-yard loss and time mercifully ran out in the third quarter, 59 minutes after it began.