BLOOMINGTON - His run was the first spark of electricity in an unusual spring day for Indiana football.
But in full disclosure, Stephen Houston had his eyes on another form of power that might be lingering above.
"The rain doesn't bother me, but I'm terrified of lightning," said the junior running back, who busted out a 37-yard run to give the Indiana offense its opening touchdown of their Spring Game on Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately for him-and the rest of Indiana football's players and fans-it was plentiful for most of Saturday afternoon, forcing an unusual switch of venue for the final workout of spring practice.
With lightning and thunder in the area around Memorial Stadium at around 12:30, fans and players were evacuated out of the stadium. As the rains came down, all made their way towards the Mellencamp Pavilion, where the final three quarters of the scrimmage commenced.
"This is only the second or third time we've come inside," said head coach Kevin Wilson, who noted the team's good weather during spring workouts the past month. "But I told the guys as good as the weather's been, we have to take advantage of the elements and learn how to play in tough situations."
Saturday might qualify as one of those times as the team played on 75 yards of field inside the paviliion with fans snaked around the back of one of the endzones.
Despite having to change fields the practice resumed a half hour after the field was cleared due to the weather, allowing little to be lost as far as practice time.
Wilson pointed to a speech his team heard earlier in the week as something which helped to keep things in perspective when it came to dealing with less than ideal situations. Earlier in the week, Henryville High School teacher and coach Perry Hunter visited practice to tell the player how his area dealt with adversity.
In early March, most of the high school was destroyed by an EF-4 tornado which caused damage to many communities in southern Indiana.
"We've connected with those guys and our kids are going to try and help them a little bit with some stuff," said Wilson. "He talked about with that bad situation all the good things that happened and I said 'You know today with bad weather can be our opportunity to be our best day. Let's take advantage of that.
"I think the kids bought into that and it wasn't the greatest practice ever but we did have a some decent work in an ususual sitation and that was great to see."
Isiah Roundtree was one who stood out to fans, especially when the practice moved indoors. The Indianapolis native and transfer from Morehead State scored two touchdowns in the final three quarters with his last covering 65-yards.
In the end it was the Cream defeating the Crimson 19-16 in a atypical two-venue contest.
"Everything is not sunny so just thankful we have this great indoor facility here that we could just go right into it and not wait on the weather," said Houston.
Don't forget staying away from the lightning either.