The Oscar-winning movie, “Titanic,” was beautifully designed and filmed and … freakin’ long.
But at 3 hours, 15 minutes, Titanic is still 13 minutes shorter than the average UH football game this year.
It was not supposed to be this way after the NCAA decided to enforce time limits this season. Last year, an average FBS game took a record 3 hours, 24 minutes. This year, officials started the 20-minute halftime clock as soon as the players began to leave the field. That also meant UH’s halftime show, which usually was granted an extra 5 minutes, needed to be squeezed into 20 minutes, along with the big-check presentation.
And yet, last week’s homecoming game ran 3 hours, 35 minutes. Sure, there was that 6-minute review. But that still was a long event for a game in which there were 87 running plays and the quarterbacks completed 60 percent of their passes.
By the way, the average UH game this year — 3:28 — matches last year’s average. The heart, like a UH game, will go on and on …