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Rutgers Wins The 2014 Lambert Meadowlands Trophy

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First win for the Scarlet Knights.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Standings

Team Overall Conf Bowl
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

Postseason Results

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.