Penn State Wins 30th Lambert Trophy

Penn State football claims an unprecedented 30th Lambert Trophy, which honors the top collegiate football team in the East.

There's perhaps no better determining factor of the "Beast of the East" football program than the Lambert Trophy, which annually honors the best college football program in the East. And now Penn State football has received the prestigious award for an unprecedented 30th time in the award's 81-year history.

This is the first time the Nittany Lion squad has received the honor since 2013. This marks the 30th time Penn State has received the honor since its inception in 1936. The team that has been honored with the second most Lambert Trophies is Army with seven. Other teams of note include Pitt with six (last in 1980), Miami with four (last in 2003), West Virginia with four (last in 2011) and Virginia Tech with two (last in 1999).

Under Joe Paterno Penn State won the annual honor 24 times, including three in the 1960s, seven in the 1970s, five in the 1980s, six in the 1990s and three in the 2000s.

The Lambert Trophy will be presented to Penn State at the 81st Eastern College Football Awards Banquet on February 23 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Coach James Franklin will also be honored at the event as the ECAC Coach of the Year.

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