Back on this day in 1989, Hurricane Hugo was just off the Georgia coast & heading north towards an eventual landfall at Charleston, SC. I was living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the time & when I got home from work (I was a substitute teacher going between 2 elementary schools in Miami) I had a little dinner & then tuned in to ESPN to see what they had on. TBH, I had almost forgotten that my alma mater Georgia Southern was hosting Middle Tennessee State in the first ever night game at Paulsen Stadium & that the game would be televised nationally by ESPN but with the hurricane just off the coast they wouldn't be playing, right?

WRONG!

I almost couldn't believe what I was seeing on the TV screen in front of me-With rain squalls & winds gusting up to 26 mph in Statesboro at gametime, the game went on anyway! There was also a crowd of 16,449 (1 short of capacity at Paulsen Stadium at the time) on hand for what turned out to be one hell of a hurricane party as far as Eagle fans were concerned. BTW, the Blue Raiders (Who along with the Eagles were highly ranked in Division 1-AA at the time) didn't handle it very well as they committed 7 turnovers & were shut out by the Eagles 26-0. The Eagles would go on to win their 3rd 1-AA National Championship that year but the "Hugo Bowl" was IMO the most memorable game the Eagles played that season.


EDIT: Here's a retrospective on the "Hugo Bowl".