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Encyclopedia > Kickoff Classic


The Kickoff Classic was a season-opening college football game played at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey from 1983 to 2002. Rules changes promulgated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association brought an end to the series.


Here are the results of the 20 Kickoff Classic games, complete with attendance and Most Valuable Player:

  • 1983: Nebraska 44, Penn State 6
    Attendance: 71,123; MVP: Turner Gill, QB, Nebraska
  • 1984: Miami 20, Auburn 18
    Attendance: 51,131; MVP: Bernie Kosar, QB, Miami
  • 1985: Brigham Young 28, Boston College 14
    Attendance: 51,227; MVP: Robbie Bosco, QB, Brigham Young
  • 1986: Alabama 16, Ohio State 10
    Attendance: 68,296; MVP: Chris Spielman, LB, Ohio State
  • 1987: Tennessee 23, Iowa 22
    Attendance: 54,681; MVP: Reggie Cobb, RB, Tennessee
  • 1988: Nebraska 23, Texas A & M 14
    Attendance: 58,172; MVP: Steve Taylor, QB, Nebraska
  • 1989: Notre Dame 36, Virginia 13
    Attendance: 77,323; MVP: Tony Rice, QB, Notre Dame
  • 1990: Southern California 34, Syracuse 16
    Attendance: 57,293; MVP: Todd Marinovich, QB, Southern California
  • 1991: Penn State 34, Georgia Tech 22
    Attendance: 77,409; MVP: Tony Sacca, QB, Penn State
  • 1992: North Carolina State 24, Iowa 14
    Attendance: 46,251; MVP: Terry Jordan, QB, North Carolina State
  • 1993: Florida State 42, Kansas 0
    Attendance: 51,734; MVP: Derrick Brooks, LB, Florida State
  • 1994: Nebraska 31, West Virginia 0
    Attendance: 58,233; MVP: Tommie Frazier, QB, Nebraska
  • 1995: Ohio State 38, Boston College 6
    Attendance: 62,711; MVP: Eddie George, TB, Ohio State
  • 1996: Penn State 24, Southern California 7
    Attendance: 77,716; MVP: Curtis Enis, TB, Penn State
  • 1997: Syracuse 34, Wisconsin 0
    Attendance: 51,185; MVP: Donovan McNabb, QB, Syracuse
  • 1998: Florida State 23, Texas A & M 14
    Attendance: 59,232; MVP: Peter Warrick, WR, Florida State
  • 1999: Miami 23, Ohio State 12
    Attendance: 73,037; MVP: Kenny Kelly, QB, Miami
  • 2000: Southern California 29, Penn State 5
    Attendance: 78,902; MVP: Sultan McCullough, TB, Southern California
  • 2001: Georgia Tech 13, Syracuse 7
    Attendance: 41,517; MVP: Kelly Campbell, WR, Georgia Tech
  • 2002: Notre Dame 22, Maryland 0
    Attendance: 72,903; MVP: Nicholas Setta, PK, Notre Dame

Source: New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority


  Results from FactBites:
 
CNN/SI - College Football - Kickoff Classic approaching its final days - Friday August 27, 1999 01:17 PM (961 words)
Since its inception in 1983, the Kickoff Classic has raised between $6 million and $8 million for scholarships, contributed more than $35 million to the colleges playing and been the showcase of football in the New York City metropolitan area television market.
The current Rutgers athletic director and the former chief executive of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, the Kickoff Classic was one of his babies.
Graime also has a Plan B. If Giants Stadium can't be the site of a Kickoff Classic, he wants to explore the possibility of bringing some major games to the area, such as Army-Navy again and some intersectional rivalries that might continue at a neutral site.
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