Emily Rancer

Mustang Daily

For several hours on Thursday, the Cal Poly football team was frantically looking for a new flight to Montana for its game on Saturday.

The original flight, set to leave today at 9 a.m. was canceled when FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) “commandeered” it to evacuate those who are in the path of Hurricane Wilma, said Eric Burdick, the assistant media relations director. The hurricane is the strongest ever to form in the Atlantic.

“As of 3 p.m., we still did not have a plane for Montana,” Burdick said.

The football team will now leave at 6 p.m. today on a charter flight from Santa Maria, which will get everyone to Montana around 9 p.m.

The Mustangs moved to No. 3 in the rankings last weekend, meaning this weekend’s game against No. 9/10 Montana could greatly impact Cal Poly’s standing. The two teams have faced off nine times in past years and the Grizzlies have won all contests.

Kickoff is still scheduled for 12:05 p.m. on Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

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