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Syracuse answers with long TD pass

QB Eric Dungey finds Amba Etta-Tawo, who makes a few moves en route to a 72-yard TD. Notre Dame responded with a kick-return TD, and it's 23-13 on ESPN.

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Another long score for Notre Dame

QB DeShone Kizer throws deep to Equanimeous St. Brown for a 67-yard TD, putting the WR's yardage total at 146 early in the first quarter. Notre Dame leads 23-13 on ESPN.

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Irish take back blocked extra point

After Notre Dame scored on its first play, Syracuse responded with a quick score of its own. But the Irish blocked the extra point attempt and returned it for a safety.

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Irish score on first offensive play

Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer throws a strike to Equanimeous St. Brown, who takes it 79 yards to the house. After a crazy start, the Irish now lead Syracuse 9-6 on ESPN.

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Watch: Notre Dame vs. Syracuse

Syracuse tries to hand Notre Dame a third straight loss. The Orange are 10-point underdogs at MetLife Stadium, where they lost to the Irish in 2014. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

As College GameDay profiles Lamar Jackson, here's what Cordell Hudson said this week about the grief he's gotten from Syracuse teammates after being on the other end of the Week 2 Lamar Leap: "Nah, I mean, obviously when it happened I was a little embarrassed, but he's a great player and I watched the play over and over again. If I would've left my feet I would've been a little down on myself, but … (laughs) ... yeah."

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Sparks cruise to 2-0 lead on Sky (1:17)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said on Friday he knows his postseason rotation but he isn't revealing it yet. At this point it would be a surprise if Jon Lester wasn't the Game 1 starter followed by Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta and John Lackey.

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Rodon fans first seven batters, ties AL record (0:35)
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Anderson adds some insurance with two-run blast (0:31)
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Zobrist hits two homers in Cubs' win (0:51)

ESPN Stats and Information  

After their win tonight, the Cubs have out scored the Reds by 74 runs this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Cubs scored that many more runs than an opponent in a season was 1945, when they out scored the Reds by 78 runs. 1945 was the last season in which the Cubs made the World Series.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist has two home runs and three hits against the Reds on Friday. It's his second, 2 homer game of the season as he'll likely be Joe Maddon's clean up hitter heading into the postseason. The Cubs are routing the Reds 7-1.

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Russell shows off reflexes with awesome play (0:20)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist just broke up Josh Smith's perfect game with a HR to lead off the fifth inning. It came on the Cubs 13th batter of the game which coincides how often they've hit a HR at Great American Ballpark this season: Every 13.6 at-bats, that's tops for a visiting team in any park (min 5 games). Cubs lead 1-0 Bot 5.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the end of the Reds game on Thursday when manager Bryan Price didn't hear the phone in the dugout to signal a replay challenge.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Cubs extending the contracts of Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod.