Ball State
Army
17 - 24 Final
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Travis leads Army over Ball State 24-17

Sep 19, 2009 - 9:10 PM WEST POINT, N.Y.(AP) -- Donovan Travis came up with two pivotal picks in the fourth quarter to make Army a winning team - something that could rarely be said about the Black Knights in recent seasons.

Travis returned his second interception 18 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and Army defeated Ball State 24-17 on Saturday.

Travis picked off Cardinals quarterback Kelly Page with 6:41 remaining and sprinted into the end zone to break a 17-all tie for the Black Knights (2-1).

Earlier in the fourth, with the score tied and Ball State in Army territory, Travis picked off Page's pass over the middle on a third-and-30.

"I just read his eyes," Travis said. "It gave us momentum, let us waste some time off the clock and helped secure the win we got today."

Army was outgained 375-265 and fumbled six times, losing only one, but four interceptions and a solid ground game (207 yards rushing) allowed the Black Knights to move above .500 under new coach Rich Ellerson, who is trying to turn around a program that has languished through more than a decade of losing.

"It feels right. It feels like that's the way it should be," Ellerson said. "But we don't want to start the celebration too soon. It absolutely is a process."

Stephen Anderson made 15 tackles for Army.

Page threw for a 154 yards and touchdown, but was intercepted three times for Ball State (0-3) of the Mid-American Conference.

Trent Steelman threw for 58 yards and touchdowns and ran for 38 to lead Army.

Army grabbed the lead with an 80-yard drive on its first possession, capped by Jameson Carter's 1-yard touchdown run. The Black Knights never trailed and survived six fumbles.

Ball State recovered a fumble in the first quarter, setting up Page's 15-yard scoring run. The teams traded field goals including a career-long 45-yarder by Army's Alex Carlton to even the game at 10.

Late in the second quarter, Cardinals backup quarterback Tanner Justice was hit as he threw and his pass was intercepted by a diving Mario Hill. The Black Knights followed with a 53-yard drive, which wide-out Alejandro Villanueva kept alive with a fancy juggling catch on a 3rd-and-20 pass that had been tipped.

Villanueva and Steelman connected two plays later on a wide-open look over the middle for a 24-yard touchdown, Steelman's first career TD pass.

Ball State tied it at 17 on Page's 34-yard pass to Torieal Gibson in the third quarter.

Army retired the No. 61 of former Outland Trophy winner Joe Steffey, who played lineman for the Black Knights from 1945-47, during a halftime ceremony.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BALL ST 7 3 7 0 17
    ARMY 7 10 0 7 24 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARMY - TD, JAMESON CARTER 1 YD
    RUN (ALEX CARLTON KICK),
    8:38. ARMY 7-0
    BALL ST - TD, KELLY PAGE 15 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK), 11:09.
    BALL ST 7-7
    2ND QUARTER: ARMY - FG, ALEX CARLTON 45 YD,
    1:23. ARM

    Sep 19 3:12 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ARMY
    DONOVAN TRAVIS 18 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (ALEX CARLTON KICK)
    BALL ST 17
    ARMY 24 6:41 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Ball State 17, Army 24  4th - 6:41Sep 19 3:02 PM
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    RUWTbot Added 47 roots (Close Finish)

    Ball State 17, Army 24  4th - 6:41Sep 19 3:02 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BALL ST 7 3 7 17
    ARMY 7 10 0 17 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARMY - TD, JAMESON CARTER 1 YD
    RUN (ALEX CARLTON KICK),
    8:38. ARMY 7-0
    BALL ST - TD, KELLY PAGE 15 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK), 11:09.
    BALL ST 7-7
    2ND QUARTER: ARMY - FG, ALEX CARLTON 45

    Sep 19 2:37 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    TORIEAL GIBSON 34 YD PASS FROM KELLY PAGE
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    BALL ST 17
    ARMY 17 9:57 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Ball State 17, Army 17  3rd - 9:57Sep 19 2:07 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BALL ST 7 3 10
    ARMY 7 10 17 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARMY - TD, JAMESON CARTER 1 YD
    RUN (ALEX CARLTON KICK),
    8:38. ARMY 7-0
    BALL ST - TD, KELLY PAGE 15 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK), 11:09.
    BALL ST 7-7
    2ND QUARTER: ARMY - FG, ALEX CARLTON 45 YD,
    1:2

    Sep 19 1:57 PM
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    Ball State 10, Army 17  2nd - 1:21Sep 19 1:41 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ARMY
    ALI VILLANUEVA 24 YD PASS FROM TRENT STEELMAN
    (ALEX CARLTON KICK)
    BALL ST 10
    ARMY 17 1:21 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Ball State 10, Army 17  2nd - 1:21Sep 19 1:27 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG BALL ST
    IAN MCGARVEY 30 YD
    BALL ST 10
    ARMY 10 7:15 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Ball State 10, Army 10  2nd - 7:15Sep 19 1:06 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG ARMY
    ALEX CARLTON 45 YD
    BALL ST 7
    ARMY 10 13:37 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Ball State 7, Army 10  2nd - 13:37Sep 19 12:51 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BALL ST 7 7
    ARMY 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARMY - TD, JAMESON CARTER 1 YD
    RUN (ALEX CARLTON KICK),
    8:38. ARMY 7-0
    BALL ST - TD, KELLY PAGE 15 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK), 11:09.
    BALL ST 7-7

    Sep 19 12:46 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BALL ST
    KELLY PAGE 15 YD RUN
    (IAN MCGARVEY KICK)
    BALL ST 7
    ARMY 7 3:51 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Ball State 7, Army 7  1st - 3:51Sep 19 12:36 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ARMY
    JAMESON CARTER 1 YD RUN
    (ALEX CARLTON KICK)
    BALL ST 0
    ARMY 7 6:22 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Ball State 0, Army 7  1st - 6:22Sep 19 12:21 PM