TEMPE, ARIZ., SEPT. 26 -- Keith Jones' 62-yard run late in the fourth quarter set up the touchdown that enabled Nebraska to beat Arizona State, 35-28, before 71,264 today at Sun Devil Stadium.
Quarterback Steve Taylor swept three yards around right end to score with 3:37 to play, two plays after Jones carried to the 8.
Arizona State had two scoring chances in the last three minutes but both ended with interceptions. Second-ranked Nebraska improved to 3-0 and 12th-ranked ASU slipped to 2-1.
"We did a great job today," Taylor said. "We came in to win and we did just that."
He passed for one touchdown and rushed for two to lead his team to 459 total yards. A 6-0, 195-pound junior, he was one step ahead of defenders all afternoon. He repeatedly scrambled to big gains, finishing with 122 yards rushing and 69 yards passing.
Jones led all rushers with 145 yards, most late in the game.
ASU tied the score at 28-28 after Taylor lost his second fumble of the game at the Nebraska 13. The Sun Devils scored five plays later with Darryl Harris going in from the 1 with 4:55 to play.
ASU Coach John Cooper said he thought his team would win then. "When we put our defense in at a point to win the game and when we don't, then I'm disappointed."
After a clip on the kickoff moved the ball to the 18, Jones went up the middle for 12 yards. On the next play, he broke through the line and along the right sideline before being run out of bounds at the 8.
"I was going wide to the left and I cut to a hole I thought opened underneath," he said.
Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said he was delighted to get out of Sun Devil Stadium with a victory. The last time these teams met was in the 1975 Fiesta Bowl, which Arizona State won, 17-14.
The first half ended with Nebraska leading, 14-6, as Taylor and Michael Heibel each scored from the 1. ASU kicker Alan Zendejas made 36- and 28-yard field goals.
The Sun Devils opened the second half with an 80-yard touchdown drive that Daniel Ford ended with a two-yard pass to Keith Garrett. ASU made a two-point conversion, Ford passing to Aaron Cox, who caught the ball at the 2 and wrestled his way into the end zone.
On the next series, Nebraska faked a field goal from the 27; backup quarterback Clete Blakeman passed to Todd Milliken in the flat at the 25. Milliken ran to the 1, from where Jones scored on the next play to make it 21-14. Osborne said the fake field goal play was nothing unusual. "It worked," he said. "It wasn't a stroke of genius at all."
ASU tied it 21-21 after Taylor fumbled at the Nebraska 15. Harris scored his first touchdown from four yards.
Nebraska broke the tie early in the fourth quarter when Taylor passed 12 yards to Rod Smith, ending an eight-play, 70-yard drive.
Nebraska 0 14 7 14 35 Arizona St. 0 6 15 7 28
N -- Taylor 1 run (Drennan kick)
A -- FG Zendejas 36
N -- Heibel 1 run (Drennan kick)
A -- FG Zendejas 28
A -- Garrett 2 pass from Ford (Williams pass from Ford)
N -- K. Jones 1 run (Drennan kick)
A -- Harris 4 run (Zendejas kick)
N -- R. Smith 12 pass from Taylor (Drennan kick)
A -- Harris 1 run (Zendejas kick)
N -- Taylor 3 run (Drennan kick)
A -- 71,264. Neb ASU First downs 22 23 Rushes-yards 54-364 44-177 Passing yards 95 200 Return yards 11 28 Passing 7-17-1 15-34-3 Punts-average 4-42 5-39 Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-0 Penalties-yards 9-66 5-40 Time
RUSHING -- Nebraska: Jones 17-145, Taylor 19-122, Heibel 7-27, Clark 3-27, Knox 3-19, Carpenter 2-9, Brinso
PASSING -- Nebraska: Taylor 6-16-1, 69 yards, Blakeman 1-1-0, 26. Arizona St.: Ford 15-34-3, 200.
RECEIVING -- Nebraska: Millikan 3-62, Brinson 2-14, Smith 1-12, Hawkins 1-7. Arizona St.: Cox 5-109, Johnso