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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Pick Up 30th Lambert Trophy

by on January 23, 2017 1:20 PM

Because awards never stop coming after an 11-3 season, Penn State football has been awarded the Lambert Trophy for the 30th time.

The Lambert Trophy given to the best team in the East, is one of the nation's oldest awards. The Lambert Trophy will be presented at the 81st Annual Eastern College Football Awards Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet, hosted by the ECAC.

Penn State Coach James Franklin will also be recognized as the ECAC FBS Coach of the Year the the banquet at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The last time Penn State received the award was in 2013 under Head Coach Bill O’Brien. Nineteen different institutions have captured the Lambert Trophy, but no five schools combined can match Penn State's 30 titles.

Established in 1936 by brothers Victor and Henry Lambert in memory of their father, August, the Lambert Trophy was first captured by Penn State in 1947 under Coach Bob Higgins. Coach Rip Engle guided Lambert Trophy winners in 1961, 1964 and 1965. The first of Coach Joe Paterno's 24 Lambert titles came in 1967 and his last came in 2009. 

  The Nittany Lions claimed their fourth Big Ten Championship and first outright since 1994 with an 11-3 record. Penn State, which made its fourth Rose Bowl appearance in program history, finished fifth in the CFP Rankings and seventh in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls. The Nittany Lions also had a nine-game winning streak, which was the longest since 2008.

Penn State’s potent offense scored 30 or more points in 11 games, the most in a season since the 1994 squad did it 12 times.


Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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