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Penn State Football Wins Lambert Trophy

by on January 30, 2018 2:00 PM

Penn State football made it 31 Lambert Trophies this weekend, the award given to the best team in the East.

The Lambert Trophy will be presented at the 82nd Annual Eastern College Football Awards Banquet, hosted by the ECAC, Thursday, Feb. 22 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Penn State also claimed the Lambert Trophy in 2016 under Head Coach James Franklin. Nineteen different institutions have captured the Lambert Trophy, but no five schools combined can match Penn State's 31 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 ended the season 11-2 with a 35-28 win over No. 11 Washington in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

Penn State finished No. 8 in both polls, marking the second-straight season with a top-10 finish for the first time since 2008 and 2009. The 11-win season is the 16th in Penn State history and seventh since joining the Big Ten.

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