CHICAGO Teams

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Zack Darlington carries the American flag on to the field at Memorial Stadium during the Tunnel Walk.

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Orange cut into Irish lead

Syracuse QB Eric Dungey reaches for the pylon to make it a 50-33 game. Notre Dame has the ball and the lead after successfully receiving the onside kick.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Syracuse gets on the board in the second half, but it's been a comedy of errors for the Orange on special teams today. They bobbled the hold on the extra point, meaning they now trail by three possessions (50-33) instead of two. They also had an XP attempt blocked and returned for two points in the first quarter, in addition to allowing a kickoff return for a TD in the opening frame. The Orange simply can't afford miscues like that with the defense that they have, as Cuse has lost 11 points on special teams today.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Huge upset win on the road for Northwestern at Iowa. Wildcats may have saved their season, while the Hawkeyes, who have now lost two of their last three, have a lot of issues to address. Iowa dominated the lines of scrimmage in last year's magical 12-0 regular season but got outplayed in the trenches again today. Nebraska and Wisconsin the clear front runners in West Division -- for now.

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Cubs are seeing Red

The Cubs have hit 39 home runs vs. the Reds this season, their most against a single team in franchise history, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Watch: Illinois at No. 15 Nebraska

Nebraska is seeking its third 5-0 start since 2004 and is a 21-point favorite against Illinois. According to ESPN's FPI, the Cornhuskers have a 91 percent chance to win. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Jorge Soler takes some swings before Saturday's game (0:06)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jorge Soler (side) takes some swings before Saturday's game. The Cubs are hopeful he can start on Sunday.

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Joe Maddon on the value of attaining certain milestones like 20 wins (0:26)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the value of attaining certain milestones like 20 wins. Jon Lester goes for his 20th today.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

On the Nebraska bench.

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Iowa responds with long TD drive

After falling behind to Northwestern by two scores, Iowa responded with a 9-play, 75-yard drive. LeShun Daniels Jr.'s 1-yard run makes it a 7-point game in the fourth quarter on ESPNU.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Amba Etta-Tawo is the first Syracuse player to record 5 straight 100-yard receiving games. The closest any Orange player previously came was 1995, when Marvin Harrison had 5 in a 6-game stretch. Etta-Tawo is the 10th player in program history to have 5 100-yard receiving games. All of these stats are courtesy of ESPN Stats and Information.

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Northwestern leads Iowa by two scores

Wildcats QB Clayton Thorson connects with Austin Carr, who holds on after taking a big hit and runs in for the 25-yard TD. Northwestern leads Iowa 38-24 on ESPNU.

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Northwestern ahead after 58-yard run

Northwestern's Justin Jackson sprints up the middle for a 58-yard TD run. The Wildcats lead Iowa 31-24 entering the fourth quarter on ESPNU.

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Notre Dame scores another long TD

Dexter Williams dusted Syracuse's defense by reversing direction for a 59-yard TD run, adding to the Irish's long list of TD plays today. They also have scores of 79, 67, 93 and 54 yards.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska and Illinois specialists met on the field an hour before kickoff in Lincoln, and the Illini players presented the Huskers with a white, Illinois No. 27 jersey in honor of late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz. Nebraska's Spencer Lindsay placed the jersey on the bench alongside Foltz's red Nebraska jersey.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

The over-under for Notre Dame-Syracuse was 74.5, the highest of any FBS game today. Dexter Williams' 59-yard TD run and the ensuing extra point has this game at 74 total points with 8:26 left in the third quarter, as the Irish take a 47-27 lead.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern is playing like a completely different team in Iowa City today. Good use of tempo by the Wildcats to help jump start an offense that has struggled most of the year. Iowa hasn't looked right since halftime of the North Dakota State game two weeks ago.

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Irish up two scores after 54-yard TD pass

Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer, who also has TD passes of 79 and 67 yards, goes deep to Kevin Stepherson for a 54-yard TD toss. Notre Dame leads Syracuse 40-27 on ESPN.

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Diving catch ties game in Iowa

Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson rolls to his right and throws on the run to Austin Carr, who makes the diving catch for a 16-yard game-tying TD on ESPNU.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if Saturday's lineup against the Reds could be his Game 1 lineup including starter Jon Lester, Maddon responded: "There's a shot."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The plan for the Cubs this coming week is to take Monday off then have a simulated game on Tuesday which John Lackey and some relievers will pitch in. Wednesday will consist of "working on things" as Joe Maddon put it, most likely defensive scenarios and the like.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon accidentally came up with a new nickname for his set up men when he misspoke the names of Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon: Strondon.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame and Syracuse's 60 first-half points were just five points fewer than the Giants and Jets have combined to score in their three total games at MetLife Stadium this season. There have been 727 total yards, with the promise of plenty more in the second half.