Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy

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Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Awarded for the best team in the East in Division I FBS (formerly I-A) college football
Location Eastern United States
Country United States
Presented by New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
First awarded 1936
Currently held by Penn State – 29th time

The Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy is an annual award given to the best team in the Northeast in Division I FBS (formerly I-A) college football. The Lambert Trophy was established by brothers Victor and Henry Lambert in memory of their father, August. The Lamberts were the principals in a distinguished Madison Avenue jewelry house and were prominent college football boosters. The trophy, established in 1936 as the "Lambert Trophy" to recognize supremacy in northeastern college football, has since grown to recognize the best team in the Northeast in Division I FBS. A set of parallel trophies collectively known as the Lambert Cup is awarded to teams in Division I FCS (formerly I-AA), Division II, and Division III. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, operator of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, took over the administration of the Lambert Meadowlands Awards in 1983.

The Penn State Nittany Lions won the award after the 2009 season for a then record 28th time and the second consecutive year.[1] On January 10, 2011, the NJSEA announced that the University of Connecticut had won the trophy for the very first time, after winning the Big East in 2010 and making their first appearance in the BCS. West Virginia won its fourth trophy for 2011, the final year they were eligible for the trophy, as they will are now ineligible by moving to the Big 12 Conference in 2012. The Cincinnati Bearcats won their first trophy in 2012 after first becoming eligible after joining the former Big East Conference in 2005. Penn State won the trophy for a record 29th time for its 2013 Season.[2]

Since 1936, there have been 18 different winners in Division I-A/FBS. To be eligible for the Lambert-Meadowlands Award, a school must be located in the Northeast or play half its schedule against Lambert eligible teams. Teams are automatically eligible if they are located in New York, New Jersey, New England and Pennsylvania, while teams in the bordering states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia qualify if half their schedule features eligible teams. With the establishment of the Big East Conference as a major football conference, members of that conference outside of the Northeast were also made eligible if at least half their schedule was against Lambert eligible teams. Therefore while they were members of the Big East Conference, Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami of Florida, and South Florida were also eligible, and 3 of the 4 won the award.

Lambert Trophy winners[edit]

By Year[edit]

Year School Record Final AP Rank Bowl
1936 Pittsburgh 8–1–1 #3 Won Rose
1937 Pittsburgh 9–0–1 #1 No Bowl
1938 Carnegie Tech 8–1–1 #6 Lost Sugar
1939 Cornell 8–0 #4 No Bowl
1940 Boston College 11–0 #5 Won Sugar
1941 Fordham 8–1 #6 Won Sugar
1942 Boston College 8–2 #8 Lost Orange
1943 Navy 8–1 #4 No Bowl
1944 Army 9–0 #1 No Bowl
1945 Army 9–0 #1 No Bowl
1946 Army 9–0–1 #2 No Bowl
1947 Penn State 9–0–1 #4 Tied Cotton
1948 Army 8–0–1 #6 No Bowl
1949 Army 9–0 #4 No Bowl
1950 Princeton 9–0 #6 No Bowl
1951 Princeton 9–0 #6 No Bowl
1952 Syracuse 7–3 #14 Lost Orange
1953 Army 7–1–1 #14 No Bowl
1954 Navy 8–2 #5 Won Sugar
1955 Pittsburgh 7–4 #11 Lost Sugar
1956 Syracuse 7–2 #8 Lost Cotton
1957 Navy 8–1–1 #5 Won Cotton
1958 Army 8–0–1 #3 No Bowl
1959 Syracuse 11–0 #1 Won Cotton
1960 Navy 9–2 #4 Lost Orange
Yale 9–0 #14 No Bowl
1961 Penn State 8–3 #17 Won Gator
1962 Penn State 9–2 #9 Lost Gator
1963 Navy 9–2 #2 Lost Cotton
1964 Penn State 6–4 NR No Bowl
1965 Dartmouth 9–0 NR No Bowl
1966 Syracuse 8–3 NR Lost Gator
1967 Penn State 8–2–1 #10 Tied Gator
1968 Penn State 11–0 #2 Won Orange
1969 Penn State 11–0 #2 Won Orange
1970 Dartmouth 9–0 #14 No Bowl
1971 Penn State 11–1 #5 Won Cotton
1972 Penn State 10–2 #10 Lost Sugar
1973 Penn State 12–0 #5 Won Orange
1974 Penn State 10–2 #7 Won Cotton
1975 Penn State 9–3 #10 Lost Sugar
1976 Pittsburgh 12–0 #1 Won Sugar
1977 Penn State 11–1 #5 Won Fiesta
1978 Penn State 11–1 #4 Lost Sugar
1979 Pittsburgh 11–1 #7 Won Fiesta
1980 Pittsburgh 11–1 #2 Won Gator
1981 Penn State 10–2 #3 Won Fiesta
1982 Penn State 11–1 #1 Won Sugar
1983 Boston College 9–3 #19 Lost Liberty
1984 Boston College 10–2 #5 Won Cotton
1985 Penn State 11–1 #3 Lost Orange
1986 Penn State 12–0 #1 Won Fiesta
1987 Syracuse 11–0–1 #4 Tied Sugar
1988 West Virginia 11–1 #5 Lost Fiesta
1989 Penn State 8–3–1 #15 Won Holiday
1990 Penn State 9–3 #11 Lost Blockbuster
1991 Penn State 11–2 #3 Won Fiesta
1992 Syracuse 10–2 #6 Won Fiesta
1993 West Virginia 11–1 #7 Lost Sugar
1994 Penn State 12–0 #2 Won Rose
1995 Virginia Tech 10–2 #10 Won Sugar
1996 Penn State 11–2 #7 Won Fiesta
1997 Penn State 9–3 #16 Lost Citrus
1998 Penn State 9–3 #17 Won Outback
1999 Virginia Tech 11–1 #2 Lost Sugar
2000 Miami 11–1 #2 Won Sugar
2001 Miami 12–0 #1 Won Rose
2002 Miami 12–1 #2 Lost Fiesta
2003 Miami 11–2 #5 Won Orange
2004 Boston College 9–3 #21 Won Continental Tire
2005 Penn State 11–1 #3 Won Orange
2006 Louisville 12–1 #5 Won Orange
2007 West Virginia 11–2 #6 Won Fiesta
2008 Penn State 11–2 #8 Lost Rose
2009 Penn State[1] 11–2 #9 Won Capital One
2010 Connecticut 8–5 NR Lost Fiesta
2011 West Virginia 10–3 #17 Won Orange
2012 Cincinnati 10–3 NR Won Belk
2013 Penn State 7–5 NR No Bowl

By School[edit]

School Total Years won
Penn State 29 1947, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2013
Army 7 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1953, 1958
Pittsburgh 6 1936, 1937, 1955, 1976, 1979, 1980
Syracuse 6 1952, 1956, 1959, 1966, 1987, 1992
Boston College 5 1940, 1942, 1983, 1984, 2004
Navy 1943, 1954, 1957, 1960 (½), 1963
Miami 4 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
West Virginia 4 1988, 1993, 2007, 2011
Dartmouth ^ 2 1965, 1970
Princeton ^ 2 1950, 1951
Virginia Tech 2 1995, 1999
Carnegie Tech † 1 1938
Cincinnati 1 2012
Connecticut 1 2010
Cornell ^ 1 1939
Fordham ^ 1 1941
Louisville 1 2006
Yale ^ ½ 1960 (½)

^ Now a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
† Now a member of Division III.

Lambert Cup[edit]

Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA)[edit]

Most FCS Lambert Cups[edit]

School Total Years won
Delaware 7 1982, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010
Holy Cross 5 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
James Madison 3 1994, 2004, 2008
Villanova 3 1992, 2002, 2009
Lehigh 2 2001, 2011
Massachusetts † 2 1998, 2006
Rhode Island 2 1984, 1985
William & Mary 2 1990, 1996
Boston University ‡ 1 1993
Hofstra ‡ 1 1999
New Hampshire 1 2005
Old Dominion † 1 2012
Towson 1 2013

† Now a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
‡ Discontinued football

Division II[edit]

Most D-II Lambert Cups[edit]

School Total Years won
Delaware † 11 1959, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1969(½), 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973(½), 1974, 1976, 1979
Indiana (PA) 11 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2012
Lehigh † 1957, 1961, 1973 (½), 1975, 1977, 1980
West Chester 5 1967, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2013
New Haven 4 1992, 1995, 1997, 2011
Towson State † 3 1983, 1984, 1986
Bloomsburg 2 1985, 2000
Bucknell † 2 1960, 1964
California (PA) 2 2007, 2009
East Stroudsburg 2 1982, 2005
Buffalo ‡ 1 1958
Clarion 1 1996
Gettysburg ^ 1 1966
Maine † 1 1965
Massachusetts ‡ 1 1978
Mercyhurst 1 2010
Millersville 1 1988
Shippensburg 1 1981
Slippery Rock 1 1998
Wesleyan ^ ½ 1969 (½)

‡ Now a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
† Now a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
^ Now a member of Division III.

Division III[edit]

Most D-III Lambert Cups[edit]

School Total Years won
Rowan 8 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005
Ithaca 1974, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1984 (½), 1985, 1988, 1991
Wesley 4 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
C.W. Post ‡ 2 1973, 1976
St. John Fisher 2 2006, 2013
Wagner † 2 1967, 1987
Washington & Jefferson 2 1992, 1994
Widener 2 1981, 2000
Wilkes 2 1966, 1968
Union 1984 (½), 1989
Allegheny 1 1990
Brockport 1 2002
Carnegie Mellon 1 1979
Cortland State 1 2008
Edinboro ‡ 1 1970
Franklin & Marshall 1 1972
Hofstra ^ 1 1983
Lycoming 1 1997
Merchant Marine 1 1969
Plymouth State 1 1982
Rensselaer 1 2003
Salisbury State 1 1986
Westminster 1 1977

† Now a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
‡ Now a member of Division II.
^ Discontinued football

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Mackall, Dave (2010-01-05). "Penn State finishes atop ECAC poll". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Nittany Lions Earn Record 29th Lambert Trophy". 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-08.