CHICAGO Teams

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

What is there to say about this game so far? It's been a hot mess. Or, as others would like to say: "funbad." There have been 551 total yards of offense, 2 special teams scores, Syracuse stopping a fourth-and-goal from the 1 and then converting one themselves, four total penalties, one targeting ejection, one called-back TD and, surely, plenty more to come. It's Notre Dame 30, Cuse 20 ... not even three minutes into the second quarter.

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Notre Dame safety ejected for targeting

After Notre Dame's Devin Studstill launched into Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey and was called for a personal foul, the replay booth initiated a targeting call. It's the first time that's happened this season.

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Syracuse punches it in on fourth down

Syracuse QB Eric Dungey keeps it for a 1-yard TD run on fourth and goal. Notre Dame leads 23-20 after a wild first quarter on ESPN.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Seems to be more Cubs gear for sale than Reds stuff outside of Great American Ballpark.

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Northwestern extends lead at Iowa

Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson throws an 11-yard strike to Austin Carr for a TD. The Wildcats lead 17-7 at Iowa on ESPNU.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

There was a fourth-and-1 stop by Syracuse, which was just the latest in what has been the theater of the absurd at MetLife Stadium. ND has blocked and returned an extra point for 2, scored on the first play from scrimmage and has a kickoff return TD. The teams have combined for 405 yards of offense, and it's still the first quarter, with the Irish leading 23-13.

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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.