#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-Syracuse

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Twitter can be a fun (or depressing) and brutally honest (or unreasonable) place during Notre Dame football games. That's why we open up this space for the #NDInsider Twitter Chatter following games.

During the game, readers are encouraged to send their thoughts and observations with the #NDInsider hashtag to be considered for our postgame fan recap. They joined us with their 280-character takes during the game.

Running back Dexter Williams started the scoring for Notre Dame in its Shamrock Series matchup with Syracuse at Yankee Stadium. His nine-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Ian Book put the Irish up 7-0.

Safety Jalen Elliott gave the ball right back to Notre Dame's offense by intercepting a pass from Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey. But the Irish had to settle for the first of three field goals on the day.

An early 10-0 lead looked even bigger for Notre Dame when Dungey left the game with an injury.

Start spreading the news... IRISH UP. Dex from Ian. Let’s Goooo. #NDInsider still not feelin the uni tho.

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) November 17, 2018

One remarkable aspect of Book’s quarterbacking: how quickly every offensive skill player gets a carry or catch. #NDInsider

— Donald (@Fresno_Domer) November 17, 2018

well I can go ahead and get my KING DEX tweet out the way early lol...the way he fought for that was amazing #NDInsider#GOIRISH#SYRvsND#NotreDame

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) November 17, 2018

Hate to see that for Dungey, guy has had some bad luck with injuries. #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) November 17, 2018

Notre Dame appeared to score its second touchdown of the game on a Tony Jones Jr. run, but the play was wiped out by a holding penalty on tight end Brock Wright. The Irish would settle for another field goal for a 13-0 lead through one quarter.

Mental mistakes stopping this from being 21-0. Must clean it up #NDInsider

— Piku (@therealpiku88) November 17, 2018

Penalties #NDInsider

— Michael (@manecci) November 17, 2018

Settling for FGs a national champion does not make. #NDInsider

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) November 17, 2018

Missed opportunities #NDInsider

— Chris Scheiber (@scheib43) November 17, 2018

#NDInsider got to win the 2nd quarter

— Geisha Man (@Geisha5083) November 17, 2018

#NDInsider touchdowns are neater than field goals.

— Adam Schlutt (@bigmaac24) November 17, 2018

Baseball stadium camera angles are not great. #NDInsider

— Casey O'Neil (@coneil4) November 17, 2018

#NDInsiderpic.twitter.com/OEb7PCQZyQ

— DC (@_dan_cronin) November 17, 2018

Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito and Book took turns being careless with the football in the second quarter. Irish safety Alohi Gilman picked off DeVito twice in the quarter. Book threw in an interception in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line.

Notre Dame would eventually take a 20-0 lead after Gilman's second interception. The Irish converted the turnover into a touchdown on a nine-yard run by running back Jafar Armstrong.

Where’s our turnover chain? #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) November 17, 2018

#NDInsider interceptions are neater than field goals too

— Adam Schlutt (@bigmaac24) November 17, 2018

Why are we so bad at finishing drives ALL. THE. TIME.? #NDInsider

— Everybody Hates Shy (@shyholder) November 17, 2018

this game should be OVER...this is perfect example of how a team defeats themselves smh...I can't help but laugh...and that's only because we do actually have the lead and they haven't scored yet #NDInsider#NotreDame#SYRvsND

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) November 17, 2018

Been waiting for that two-back set from @NDFootball. What a play call to go up 20-0! #NDInsider

— Matt Lozar (@matt_lozar) November 17, 2018

That may have been the best play called all year! Jafar with the tuddy!!!!! #GoIrish#NDInsider#BeatOrange#ShamrockSeries

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) November 17, 2018

Also - @NDFootball looks incredibly well prepared today. Can’t take that for granted. #NDInsider

— Matt Lozar (@matt_lozar) November 17, 2018

Notre Dame had control of the game for most of the first half, but a 20-0 lead didn't quite feel representative of the lopsided performance.

Haven’t seen as pathetic of a performance at yankee stadium since the Orioles were in town. Nice work Cuse #NDInsider

— Brian Kelly Fan Club (@CoachKellyFans) November 17, 2018

Man, that half felt a lot more dominant than 20-0.

Just keep it up in the 2nd.#NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) November 17, 2018

Tranquil is so tough that every fall the flu virus gets a shot of Tranquil to make it more tough. #TougherThanTranquil#BeatOrange#GoIrish#NDInsider

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) November 17, 2018

Irish in control at half. High powered offense averaging 44pts a game has 0 at half. One more half to go. Take care of own and the rest will sort itself out. #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) November 17, 2018

Sloppy ND offense. #NDInsider

— Scott McC (@snmccleary) November 17, 2018

The pilfering Hawaiian is the new Mr. November. #NDInsider

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) November 17, 2018

Notre Dame's defense has played LIGHTS OUT in this first half...I am so geeked.. if the offense really kicks into gear in the 2nd half this is over #NDInsider#GOIRISH#SYRvsND#NotreDame

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) November 17, 2018

I don’t think I’ve ever felt more disappointed by such a dominating performance. #NotreDame easily left 15 points on the field. #NDInsider

— Matt Guye (@MattGuye) November 17, 2018

Red zone mistakes can’t happen if in playoff. #NDInsider

— Bo Rose (@BoJrose) November 17, 2018

Defense was great. Turnovers are great. Being in lead is great.

FGs from 1st and goal are not so good.

Looking forward to 11-0#NDInsider

— Th3Bill (@Th3Bill) November 17, 2018

The Orange offense couldn't muster much in the second half either. Notre Dame's defense held onto its shutout late into the fourth quarter.

When Syracuse tried to end its scoreless effort with a field goal, kicker Andre Szmyt missed with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter trailing 29-0.

Williams added a 32-yard touchdown run with 4:05 left in the game as if the Irish were punishing Syracuse for still trying to score.

Just want to get out if this game clean and healthy. #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) November 17, 2018

for the people in the back NOTRE DAME DOESN'T LOSE THE SHAMROCK SERIES GAME...EVER...thank you for your attention to this message #GOIRISH#NDInsider#SYRvsND

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) November 17, 2018

This game feels like it’s 56-0. #NDInsider#NDvsCuse#lowestscoringblowoutever

— Jason Rideout (@fuzzbucket43) November 17, 2018

Championship Defense #NDInsider#GoIRISH#NotreDame

— Kevin Hastings (@KevinIrishndhas) November 17, 2018

Hainsey with the hat trick now on false starts. #NDInsider#GoIrish#BeatOrangepic.twitter.com/oUR0GTQw5V

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) November 17, 2018

The shutout is still alive! A doing on the FG attempt keeps Cuse off the boards!#NDInsider

— Th3Bill (@Th3Bill) November 17, 2018

whew thank goodness...I'm rooting for a shutout now...let's go defense...y'all got this #NDInsider#NotreDame#GOIRISH#SYRvsND

— Cocosnapslife (@cdn515) November 17, 2018

Deuces from DEX. #FreeDEX#NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) November 17, 2018

Dex closes out yet another game in style! #NDInsider#GoIrish#BeatOrange#ShamrockSeriespic.twitter.com/iOkkTT48wl

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) November 17, 2018

The shutout was lost with 10 seconds left on the clock. Szmyt hit a 28-yard field goal after another round of boos from the Irish crowd. But still, the three points couldn't cover up a dominating performance for Notre Dame's defense in a 36-3 victory.

Babers trying to get his kicker comfortable w surroundings for pinstripe bowl #NDInsider

— Brian Kelly Fan Club (@CoachKellyFans) November 17, 2018

BREAKING: Syracuse attempts throwing ball through uprights for points... Still zero points. #NDInsider

— Dick Barone, CEO (@DickBaroneCEO) November 17, 2018

Are they seriously kicking a field goal to ruin our shut out? Embarrassing. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) November 17, 2018

Pretty much sums it up. #NotreDame crushes the Orange. #NDInsider#GoIrish#BeatOrange#ShamrockSeriespic.twitter.com/jOWbesbZBr

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) November 17, 2018

And Cuse goes for a FG with 15 sec to avoid a shut out. How annoying . Total domination all game by the IRISH ☘️, over to So. Cal now. Let’s get it done boys. #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) November 17, 2018

1. Strong Defense

2. Offense didn’t capitalize on strong defense. Especially in red zone.

3. Offensive line had too many penalties and didn’t protect Book enough.

4. Strong coaching.

5. Officials didn’t call anything - both sides of the ball.

6. ND = awesome. #NDinsider

— Jordan Richart (@JordanRichart) November 17, 2018

Pretty much sums up the Irish performance #NDInsider ☘️ pic.twitter.com/avZIEbuak3

— Dustin Kiefer (@DKiefer81) November 17, 2018

Is it safe to get back on the bandwagon?! As a recovering ND fan I don’t recognize this team. Good on offense, dominating on defense. Protecting the home field. Blowout wins. #ndinsider#daretobelieve#holdmeimirish

— yo murphy (@rofeal1) November 18, 2018

When you think about going undefeated for 11 games, you've got to credit their durability. We've had some injuries, but compare this to last season, and it's not even close. Credit to the captains, coaches, and staff. #NDInsider

— Mike MacDonald (@mikemacdonald72) November 18, 2018

#NDInsider offense uneven. BUT that DEFENSE seems to be peaking at the right time!!!!

— John (@Racer05X) November 18, 2018