Coca-Cola Classic (college football)

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Coca-Cola Classic (defunct)
Stadium Tokyo Dome
Location Tokyo, Japan
Previous stadiums Korakuen Stadium (1977–1979)
National Olympic Stadium (1980–1987)
Operated 1977–1993
Conference tie-ins none
Mitsubishi (1977–1985)
The Coca-Cola Company (1986–1993)
Former names
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.

Mirage Bowl[edit]

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.

The first Mirage Bowl was played in Korakuen Stadium on December 11, 1977, between Grambling State and Temple and was won by Grambling 35–32. Grambling quarterback Doug Williams was named MVP.

Game results[edit]

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

Other contests[edit]

Other sport contests have been named "Coca-Cola Classic" based on the sponsorship of the Coca-Cola Company. College basketball[1] and volleyball[2] are two examples.


  • 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.

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