Coca-Cola Classic (college football)
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|Coca-Cola Classic (defunct)|
|Previous stadiums||Korakuen Stadium (1977–1979)
National Olympic Stadium (1980–1987)
The Coca-Cola Company (1986–1993)
Mirage Bowl (1977–1985)
The Coca-Cola Classic was a regular season National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football game played in Tokyo, Japan from 1977 to 1993. It was originally sponsored by Mitsubishi and later The Coca-Cola Company when it was renamed for the soft drink Coca-Cola Classic. Because the game was merely a re-location of a regular season game, it was not considered a traditional, postseason bowl game.
The Mirage Bowl was hosted by Mitsubishi Motors in Japan, after its line of subcompact cars named the Mirage. The Mitsubishi Mirage that was imported into the United States was better known as the Dodge Colt.
Italics denote a tie game.
|Date Played||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|December 11, 1977||Grambling||35||Temple||32|
|December 10, 1978||Temple||28||Boston College||24|
|November 24, 1979||Notre Dame||40||Miami (FL)||15|
|November 30, 1980||UCLA||34||Oregon State||3|
|November 28, 1981||Air Force||21||San Diego State||16|
|November 27, 1982||Clemson||21||Wake Forest||17|
|November 26, 1983||SMU||34||Houston||12|
|November 17, 1984||Army||45||Montana||31|
|November 30, 1985||USC||20||Oregon||6|
|November 30, 1986||Stanford||29||Arizona||24|
|November 28, 1987||California||17||Washington State||17|
|December 3, 1988||Oklahoma State||45||Texas Tech||42|
|December 4, 1989||Syracuse||24||Louisville||13|
|December 2, 1990||Houston||62||Arizona State||45|
|November 30, 1991||Clemson||33||Duke||21|
|December 6, 1992||Nebraska||38||Kansas State||24|
|December 6, 1993||Wisconsin||41||Michigan State||20|
- Nebraska and Wisconsin won their respective conference titles (Big Eight and Big Ten) at the last two Mirage Bowls. Wisconsin's 1993 win sealed an invitation to the 1994 Rose Bowl -- its first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1963 Rose Bowl. Nebraska has since joined Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
- Houston's David Klingler passed for 716 yards in the 1990 game against Arizona State - a record that still stands today as the highest single-game total in NCAA Division I-A history.
- The 1984 Mirage Bowl between Army and Montana marked the introduction of "The Wave" to Japan.
- Barry Sanders participated in the 1988 edition of the game hours after being announced the Heisman Trophy winner in New York. Sanders, obviously, did not attend the Heisman event and helped Oklahoma State to a 45-42 win against Texas Tech with more than 300 rushing yards.