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|
The game between Army and Montana marked the introduction of "The Wave" to Japan.
Heisman Trophy winning running back Barry Sanders concluded his NCAA Division I-A (now FBS) record-setting rushing season in this game, since the NCAA did not begin counting bowl game statistics until 2002 (he would later gain 222 yards in the 1988 Holiday Bowl which are not included in his record-setting total). He watched the Heisman Trophy announcement in a Tokyo television studio at five o'clock in the morning. Sanders rushed for more than 300 yards in Oklahoma State's 45-42 win against Texas Tech to finish the season with 2,628 yards.
With the win, Wisconsin became co-champions of the Big Ten (with Ohio State, who they had tied earlier in the season) and received the invitation to the 1994 Rose Bowl, the program's first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1963 Rose Bowl.
- WVU Record in Coca-Cola Classic
- University of Alaska Fairbanks Volleyball Archives
- Trotter, Jake (August 8, 2014). "Sanders' 1988 season stands alone". ESPN. Retrieved August 8, 2014.