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Tracy Claeys stays aggressive at end of first half; Gophers build 10-point lead

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -- Mitch Leidner hit Drew Wolitarsky with a 9-yard touchdown pass, and Emmit Carpenter made two field goals, as the Gophers built a 13-3 lead at Penn State by halftime Saturday.

Heavy rains fell before the game but stopped in time for kickoff. That might have contributed to a lower turnout, as 106,000-seat Beaver Stadium appeared to be about 80 percent full.

Gophers linebacker Cody Poock came off the field with his right arm dangling in pain on the final play of the first quarter and did not return.

Minnesota’s defense made several big plays to frustrated Penn State’s offense in the first two quarters. Penn State’s crowd booed when coach James Franklin settled for a tying field goal with the ball at Minnesota’s 1-yard line early in the second quarter.

Gaelin Elmore had tripped up quarterback Trace McSorley with a key third down stop.

Wolitarsky’s touchdown gave the Gophers the lead with two minutes, six seconds remaining. Minnesota forced Penn State to punt and got the ball back at its own 13-yard line with 1:13 remaining. The rain resumed.

In previous years, the Gophers almost surely would have been conservative and gone to the locker room with a seven-point lead. But Rodney Smith had a good run, drawing a facemask penalty, and Claeys went for it. Carpenter rewarded him with a 35-yard kick from the right hash mark, with five seconds remaining in the half.

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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