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|Penn State news bureau|
Penn State's Jan. 1 game with Florida in the Citrus Bowl ranked No. 4 among the most-watched contests of the 1998 postseason. The clash between the Nittany Lions and Gators had an overnight rating of 9.7 for the ABC national telecast. Only the Rose Bowl (19.0), Orange Bowl (13.3) and Sugar Bowl (11.2) attracted more viewers.
With a 9-3 mark and a Top 20 ranking, Penn State's football team was declared the winner of the Lambert Meadowlands Trophy for an unprecedented 24th time. This marks the third time in the last four years that the Lions have captured the Lambert, which is presented annually to the top college football team in the East. Penn State also earned the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division 1-A Football Team-of-the-Year Award for the fourth consecutive year. Both will be presented at a Feb. 17 banquet at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
After the fall season, Penn State is tied for 10th place in the Sears Director's Cup all-sports competition. The Nittany Lions and Lady Lions racked up 120 points in four fall sports (football, women's volleyball, field hockey and women's soccer) to share the No. 10 position with Arkansas. The only other Big Ten schools ranked in the Top 25 were Michigan at No. 3 and Wisconsin, tied for No. 14. Stanford, which defeated the Nittany Lions in five-sets in the NCAA women's volleyball championship game, is the overall leader with 290 points.
Women's track coach Teri Jordan has been selected to lead the U.S. World Cross Country Championship team, which will compete in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1999.
For the latest information on Penn State Sports, visit the official Intercollegiate Athletics' Web site: http://www.psu.edu (Click on sports).
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