The 1987 edition to the Sugar Bowl featured the fifth ranked LSU Tigers, and the sixth ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers. It was the third time in five seasons that the two teams had met in a bowl game, with Nebraska winning all three encounters.
LSU scored first on a 1-yard touchdown run from Williams, giving the Tigers a 7-0 first quarter lead, before the Huskers scored 30 unanswered points.
In the second quarter, Dale Klein kicked a 42-yard field goal for the Huskers cutting the LSU lead to 7-3. Quarterback Steve Taylor scored on a 2-yard touchdown run later in the quarter to give Nebraska a 10-7 halftime lead.
Following intermission, Tyrese Knox gave Nebraska a 17-7 advantage with a 1-yard run early in the third quarter. Taylor found tight-end Todd Millikan on a 3-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth, and Knox's second 1-yard touchdown run extended the Husker lead out to 30-7.
LSU's Hodson added a 24-yard touchdown pass late to Moss, and with the two-point conversion made the score 30-15, which held up.
This was the final game for LSU under coach Bill Arnsparger, who announced he was accepting the athletic director position at Southeastern Conference rival Florida after the Tigers' regular season finale vs. Tulane. Arnsparger led LSU to the 1986 SEC championship, its first since 1970.