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3-point stance: Big plays in Morgantown?

1. Something to keep in mind as No. 4 Kansas State attempts to frustrate No. 13 West Virginia on Saturday: The Wildcats have allowed one touchdown of longer than 20 yards this season, and not until last Saturday against Iowa State. That’s one fewer than the West Virginia defense has scored. The Mountaineers offense has 14 offensive touchdowns of longer than 20 yards. If big plays decide big games, Kansas State has some work to do.

2. There are two ways to look at Virginia Tech after the Hokies spotted Duke a 20-0 last week and then scored the game’s next 41 points. If the Hokies (4-3, 2-1 ACC) turned a corner, then the Coastal Division, which already has four teams with one conference loss, is theirs for the taking. And if the Hokies go into Clemson, which is coming off a bye week, and get smacked around Saturday, that will reflect the mediocrity that they have become. That Duke victory was either a springboard to contention or a snapshot of inconsistency.

3. The announcement Tuesday by Penn State that it will not renew the contract of athletic director Tim Curley is no surprise. Nor should it be confused with assigning him culpability in the Sandusky scandal. His perjury trial relating to the case won’t begin until January. But even if Curley is cleared in court, Curley is a pariah. Any school that has endured what Penn State has endured would want to start over. Within the department, there is a lot of support for interim athletic director Dave Joyner to remain in charge.