CHICAGO Teams

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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.

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Syracuse head coach Dino Babers looking to score quickly in second half (0:28)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Hammel (elbow) just threw in the bullpen and said it went well. He's not scheduled to pitch this weekend but thinks he'll be ok if needed in the playoffs.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

It's increasingly likely Notre Dame-Texas is this year's version of 2014 Texas A&M-South Carolina: More of a mirage than anything meaningful on the national radar. Notre Dame's defense doesn't appear fixable after allowing 324 yards and 27 points in the first half to Syracuse. Texas' defense might be even worse, enduring multiple breakdowns in technique and alignment. Oklahoma State is averaging 14.8 yards per pass and has converted 6-of-9 third-down opportunities in a 37-point first half.

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Syracuse cuts Notre Dame lead to six

Syracuse's Eric Dungey capitalizes on Brisly Estime's 74-yard punt return with a 14-yard TD pass to Ervin Philips just before halftime. Notre Dame leads 33-27 at the half.

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly pleased with team's first half effort (1:05)
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Hawkeyes take lead shortly before half

Iowa QB C.J. Beathard throws a 15-yard TD pass to Riley McCarron to take the lead over Northwestern late in the second quarter. The Hawkeyes lead 21-17 at halftime.

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The first five minutes of Notre Dame-Syracuse was bonkers (1:09)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg loved the intensity his team showed during Friday's practice: "It was the most competitive practice we've had here in two years."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade said Hoiberg gave him carte blanche to stop practice whenever he wants to speak to his teammates and give them advice or feedback.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg rocking the Vegas Summer League title shirt today at practice. Said Friday's practice was one of the most competitive they've had.

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Adams attempts to hurdle defender

Notre Dame WR Josh Adams attempted to hurdle a Syracuse defender at the end of a 44-yard reception. He was stopped, but the big play set up a TD. The Irish lead 30-20 on ESPN.

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.