Keeping track of how the 10 programs vying for this year's Lambert-Meadowlands trophy fared last week, and a look ahead to next weekend's action.
|1. Rutgers Scarlet Knights||8-5||3-5||Def. North Carolina, 40-21|
|2t. Penn State Nittany Lions||7-6||2-6||Def. Boston College, 31-30 OT|
|2t. Boston College Eagles||7-6||4-4||Lost to Penn State, 31-30 OT|
|4. Temple Owls||6-6||4-4|
|5. Pittsburgh Panthers||6-7||4-4||Lost to Houston, 35-34|
|6. Buffalo Bulls||5-6||3-4|
|7. Army Black Knights||4-8||--|
|8t. Syracuse Orange||3-9||1-7|
|8t. Massachusetts Minutemen||3-9||3-5|
|10. Connecticut Huskies||2-10||1-7|
Pinstripe Bowl: Penn State 31, Boston College 30 (OT)
Quick Lane Bowl: Rutgers 40, North Carolina 21
Armed Forces Bowl: Houston 35, Pittsburgh 34
Rutgers has won this year's Lambert Meadowlands Trophy. The Scarlet Knights capped an 8-5 (3-5 Big Ten) campaign with a 40-21 victory over North Carolina in the Quick Lane Bowl. It's the first ever Lambert Meadowlands trophy win for the program; the award dates back to 1936.
In the end, BC was right there in contention for this year's Lambert Meadowlands but ultimately came up a game short. One can't help but think that a Pinstripe Bowl victory over Penn State or a win over Colorado State / Clemson / Florida State would've given the Eagles their first Lambert Meadowlands Trophy win since 2004 in what turned out to be a really down year for football in the Northeast.
Rutgers finishes a game ahead of both Penn State and BC and wins the Lambert Meadowlands despite falling to the Nittany Lions, 13-10, in week 3. The Scarlet Knights win the trophy with the third lowest winning percentage in the award's 79-year history. Last year Penn State won with a 7-5 record.