EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Everett Golson shook off a slow start to have a record-setting performance Saturday night.
The Notre Dame quarterback passed the No. 8 Irish past Syracuse 31-15 at MetLife Stadium.
Golson hit on 32-39 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns.
Golson set a school record by completing 25 straight passes as the Irish improved to 4-0. He also set individual career marks records for completions, yards and touchdowns.
Golson just missed tying the FBS record of 26 straight completions in a game, set by Dominique Davis of East Carolina in 2011.
Golson, though, was far from perfect on the evening versus the Orange. He threw a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and lost two fumbles as the Irish committed five turnovers in a very sloppy effort coming off a bye week.
The Irish led 14-3 at halftime as Golson connected with Will Fuller on a pair of touchdown tosses, including a 72-yarder. The lead could have been more except for a trio of turnovers by Golson in the opening half.
Notre Dame got an interception by Matthias Farley on the opening possession of the second half by Syracuse. Golson then connected with Corey Robinson on a touchdown pass to make it 21-3.
Syracuse, now 2-2, cut the lead to 21-9 by scoring a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Golson then hooked up with Torri Hunter Jr. for his fourth touchdown throw of the night to make it 28-9. He then threw an interception for a Syracuse score to make it 28-15. Kyle Brindza then hit a field goal for the 31-15 final.
Fuller had six receptions for 119 yards and Robinson snared eight throws for 91 yards.
Notre Dame has now scored over 30 points in each of its first four games this season. The last time the Irish accomplished that came back in 1943.
The Irish host No. 16 Stanford next Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.