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Rain could affect Gophers game at Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -- The big story here is the rain, and not just because Chip Scoggins and I got drenched on our way into Beaver Stadium, dutifully observing the no-umbrella policy.

The forecast on Weather.com, calls for a 25 percent chance of rain around kickoff, inceasing 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.

Check back here for other updates as game time approaches.

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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.”

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  • Lindenwood at Gophers women's hockey

    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

  • Twins at Chicago White Sox

    2:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Lynx at Phoenix

    4 pm on ESPN, 106.1-FM

  • 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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