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Penn St. checks threat against stadium before Gophers game

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -- Penn State announced Saturday that police received information about a potential threat at Beaver Stadium but that extensive police searches have found no evidence of potential risk.

The news came, as the Gophers were getting ready to face Penn State in their Big Ten opener.

“Out of an abundance of caution we are notifying fans and the public of the threat that was received, so that they can make their own choices about personal safety and their attendance at today’s game,” David Gray, Penn State's senior vice president for finance and business, said in a statement. “Our first obligation is to the safety of the public and, while police and safety officials have given an all-clear for today’s game, we wanted to ensure that visitors were aware of this decision.”

There has been very little buzz about the threat in the press box, and fans are coming into the stadium, so it appears football will go on as normal.

The forecast on Weather.com, calls for a 25 percent chance of rain around kickoff, increasing to a 50 percent chance later in the game. Rain could lead to more turnovers. Penn State has turned the ball over 10 times in four games, compared to twice in three games for the Gophers.

At any rate, the rain is affecting the tailgating scene, and could hurt attendance.

The Gophers brought senior linebacker Nick Rallis on the trip. He's been out with an elbow injury, but it sounds like there's a chance he can play.

Update: Jared Weyler worked with the first-team offense at right guard, and Vincent Calhoun was with the 2'2.

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Leidner is spreading the ball around, which pleases his coach

Drew Wolitarsky has replaced KJ Maye as Mitch Leidner’s go-to receiving target this season, with a team-high 17 receptions.

But the trend that has coach Tracy Claeys most pleased has been the high number of receiving targets each game. Leidner completed passes to eight different receivers against Colorado State and nine the previous week against Indiana State.

Last year, Leidner had games where he found just five different receivers (Iowa and Illinois). He found seven receivers against Ohio State, Wisconsin and Central Michigan. There were plays when everyone in the stadium knew Leidner was looking for Maye, and it often worked, as Maye finished with 73 receptions, the second highest total in Gophers history.

“Everybody is worried, ‘Who is going to replace KJ? Who's going to replace KJ?’ Sometimes that hurts you, always going to the same guy. I think last week eight different people caught the ball. Tells me Mitch is going through progressions, not trying to force balls He's taking who is open.

“I know as a defensive coach, you can't look at one or two guys and take them away and make them go their third option and beat you. I think that helps you on offense.”

TV Listings

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    2:07 pm

  • Gophers football at Penn State

    2:30 pm on BTN, 100.3-FM

  • Twins at Chicago White Sox

    6:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Jacksonville at Minnesota United FC

    7 pm on Ch. 29

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  • Carolina at Wild (preseason)

    5 pm on 100.3-FM

  • N.Y. Giants at Vikings

    7:30 pm on ESPN, 100.3/1130

  • Wild at Colorado (preseason)

    8 pm on 100.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at Tampa Bay

    6:30 pm on Ch. 29

  • Gophers women's hockey at Bemidji State

    3:07 pm

  • Iowa at Gophers football

    11 am on TV TBA, 100.3-FM

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