CHICAGO Teams

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois is poking holes in the Nebraska defense. Reggie Corbin and Kendrick Foster have both enjoyed success running the ball -- and the Huskers have turned it over in Illini territory on their past two possessions. Lovie Smith's team leads 16-10 in Lincoln, halfway through the third quarter. Illinois is doing what it takes to produce another surprising victory over Nebraska.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester reached 200 innings on Saturday for the eighth time in his career though it's been a struggle for him against the Reds. He's given up 4 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and a hit batter. His command has been excellent all year long but not so far today.

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Illinois leads No. 15 Nebraska at halftime

Illinois' Darius Mosely intercepts Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. and takes it into Huskers' territory. The Fighting Illini added a field goal to take a 13-10 lead before the half.

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Illinois Head Coach Lovie Smith talks about his team's defensive play in the 1st half vs. Nebraska (0:37)

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

A sluggish finish to the first half for No. 15 Nebraska as Illinois, with help from backup QB Chayce Crouch, gets a pair of field goals, aided by a Darius Mosely interception of Tommy Armstrong Jr., to lead 13-10 in Lincoln. Wes Lunt is back for the Illini after missing two plays.

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Armstrong sneaks it in for Huskers

Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. sneaks into the end zone for a 1-yard TD. The No. 15 Cornhuskers lead Illinois 10-7 on ESPN2.

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Illinois RB Foster breaks tackle, scores 31-yard TD (0:36)
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Kizer's massive day leads Notre Dame over Syracuse (1:28)

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Top receiver Jordan Westerkamp walked slowly off the field for Nebraska after he was tackled on the sideline at the end of a 21-yard reception. Illinois and the Huskers are tied at 7 as injuries mount in the second quarter for Tommy Armstrong's receiving threats.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska tight end Cethan Carter, a key weapon for the Huskers, leaves for the locker room after suffering an apparent left hand or wrist injury on the opening drive against Illinois.

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Breaking down Notre Dame's 50-33 win over Syracuse (2:54)

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

DeShone Kizer finished with 471 yards passing, which is the third-highest single-game total in school history and the most ever by a Notre Dame QB in a win. The teams combined for 1,144 yards of offense. It was far from pretty, but Notre Dame's 50-33 victory over Syracuse was its first win over a Power-5 team since last Nov. 21 against Boston College, and the Irish will take it as they head to NC State next week looking to get back to .500. The Orange will look to rebound under the lights at Wake Forest.

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Heartwarming moment prior to Illinois-Nebraska (0:58)
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Northwestern INT seals win at Iowa

Northwestern's Trae Williams picks off Iowa QB C.J. Beathard with 1:05 left in the game. The Wildcats hold on for a 38-31 road win.

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly discusses bounceback win (1:39)
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Breaking down Northwestern 38-31 victory over Iowa (1:32)

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.

Lineup: Cubs (102-57) at Reds (67-93)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, LF (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  • 5. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 6. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 7. Javier Baez, 3B (R)
  • 8. David Ross, C (R)
  • SP: Jon Lester, LHP

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.