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The Mirage Bowl was an annual college football game hosted in Tokyo, Japan from 1977 through 1993. The game was renamed the Coca-Cola Bowl or Coca-Cola Classic in 1986 and kept this name until the event was discontinued after the 1993 season. Unlike most college football bowl games, the Mirage Bowl was the site of a regular season matchup, often between two teams from the same conference.

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

The game was held in the Tokyo Dome from 1988 to 1993.



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