NEW ORLEANS -- Quarterback Steve Taylor ran for a touchdown and passed for another and running back Tyreese Knox scored twice to lead No. 5 Nebraska to a 30-15 victory Thursday over No. 6 Louisiana State.
Nebraska was limited to just 44 net yards in the game's first 28 minutes before Brian Washington intercepted an LSU pass with 1:42 left in the first half. Taylor capped a 72-yard drive when he scored on a 2-yard keeper with 39 seconds left.
Knox, who played much of the game because of a thigh injury to starter Keith Jones, scored on a 1-yard run 4:25 into the third period to put the Cornhuskers ahead 17-7. He ran in from a yard out for Nebraska's final score.
Taylor, named the game's Most Valuable Player, increased the Nebraska lead to 24-7 with 6:02 left in the game when he capped another 72-yard drive with a 3-yard TD pass to tight end Todd Millikan.
LSU set a Sugar Bowl record by being penalized 15 times for a total of 130 yards and offensive tackle Ralph Norwood and guard Erik Andolsek were ejected.
Norwood was ejected for punching Nebraska linebacker LeRoy Etienne in the nose and Andolsek was ejected for spitting. Both were removed late in the fourth quarter.
LSU scored in the opening minutes of the game. The Tigers picked up 43 yards on their first offensive play -- a pass from quarterback Tom Hodson to Wendell Davis. Freshman Harvey Williams scored three plays later on a 1-yard run.
But the Tigers, 9-3, were unable to score again until Hodson threw a 24-yard TD pass to Tony Moss with 2:11 left to play.
Nebraska, 10-2, lost its only first-quarter scoring chance when Dale Klein was wide on a 51-yard field goal attempt. Klein got another opportunity early in the second quarter after the Cornhuskers took over on downs at the LSU 25 and made a 42-yarder.
LSU, then down only 17-7, got a big break late in the third quarter when Henry Thomas blocked another Klein field goal attempt and returned it 48 yards to the Nebraska 17. But Hodson was sacked twice in a row for a total of 24 yards.