Scores

Final

Ball State 17

(0-3, 0-1 away)

Army 24

(2-1)

12:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

1 2 3 4 T
BALL 7 3 7 017
ARMY 7 10 0 724

Top Performers

Passing: K. Page (BALL) - 154 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: K. Page (BALL) - 4 CAR, 58 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Gibson (BALL) - 5 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Army 24, Ball St. 17

Associated Press

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- 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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BALL
ARMY
1st Downs2017
Total Yards375265
Passing25458
Rushing121207
Penalties6-465-41
3rd Down Conversions8-146-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers41
Possession26:3633:24

Passing Leaders

Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Page12/241546.413
ArmyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Steelman3/7588.310

Rushing Leaders

Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Page45814.5146
Sykes8384.8011
ArmyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ehie15674.5011
Carter14574.1116

Receiving Leaders

Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gibson510721.4136
Orsbon7507.1015
ArmyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Villanueva24623.0124
Hunter11212.0012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBALLARMY
TD06:22Jameson Carter 1 Yd Run (Alex Carlton Kick) 07
TD03:51Kelly Page 15 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERBALLARMY
FG13:37Alex Carlton 45 Yd 710
FG07:15Ian McGarvey 30 Yd 1010
TD01:21Ali Villanueva 24 Yd Pass From Trent Steelman (Alex Carlton Kick) 1017
THIRD QUARTERBALLARMY
TD09:57Torieal Gibson 34 Yd Pass From Kelly Page (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 1717
FOURTH QUARTERBALLARMY
TD06:41Donovan Travis 18 Yd Interception Return (Alex Carlton Kick) 1724