New Orleans, La., Jan. 1, 1987--Louisiana State had a 66-yard touchdown drive in the first three minutes of the contest and another 66-yard touchdown drive in the last three minutes of the game. In between, Nebraska dominated the Tigers, ran off 30 unanswered points and posted a 30-15 win in the USF&G Sugar Bowl, the Huskers' 25th bowl appearance.

Between those two Tiger drives, Nebraska out-yarded LSU, 352-62, and had a first-down advantage of 22-3. The Huskers made a remarkable recovery from a disheartening loss to Oklahoma at the end of the regular season and posted Nebraska's fourth bowl win over LSU in as many tries and the third in five years.

Steve Taylor became the second Nebraska quarterback in three years to win the Miller-Digby Trophy as the Sugar Bowl MVP. He completed 11 of 19 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown and rushed 20 times for 63 yards and another score. Of Taylor's 173 total offensive yards, 90 came in two drives in which the Huskers went from a 7-3 deficit to a 17-7 lead.

1987 Sugar Bowl

Teams

1

2

3

4

Final

Nebraska

0

10

7

13

30

LSU

7

0

0

8

15


Statistics

NU

LSU

First Downs

22

10

Rushing, Net

242

32

Passes Att., Comp., Int.

20-11-0

30-14-2

Passing, Net

110

159

Total Offense

352

191


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
LSU-Harvey Williams 1 run (David Browndyke kick), 14:06

Second Quarter
NU-FG Dale Klein 42, 10:01
NU-Steve Taylor 2 run (Klein kick), 0:39

Third Quarter
NU-Tyreese Knox 1 run (Klein kick), 10:35

Fourth Quarter
NU-Todd Millikan 3 pass from Taylor (Klein kick), 6:02
NU-Knox 1 run (Klein kick failed), 3:26
LSU-Tony Moss 24 pass from Tom Hodson (Alvin Lee pass from Hodson), 2:01