PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- At least this one was competitive -- for a
Adam Ballard ran for 192 yards and two touchdowns, leading Navy
to a 42-23 victory over Army in the 106th meeting between the
The Midshipmen have won four straight and six of the last seven
games against Army to take a one-game lead in the overall series at
Zac Dahman tossed three TD passes for Army (4-7), which had a
four-game winning streak snapped.
Navy outscored Army 134-31 in the previous three meetings,
winning each one by 28 points or more. But the much-improved Black
Knights came out strong, and led 10-7 midway through the second
The Midshipmen responded with TD runs of 28 and 1 yards by Owens
to take a 21-10 lead at halftime. Ballard's 67-yard scamper made it
42-17 just 9 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Navy captured the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy outright for the
third straight year, a first in school history. The coveted trophy,
awarded annually to the winner of the football competition between
the three major service academies, was on the line for both teams
for the first time in nine years.
One of the most storied rivalries in college sports, for many
the game has taken on even more significance in recent years
because of the ongoing war against terrorism.
Army linebacker Barrett Scruggs wore on his uniform the actual
patch of a soldier who was recently killed in action in
Fighter jets and helicopter gunships roared over the stadium
before kickoff, electrifying the sellout crowd of 69,322 at Lincoln
Financial Field. The Army's Golden Knights and the Navy's Leapfrogs
were supposed to parachute onto the field, but strong winds
canceled their jumps.
President Bush, who participated in the coin toss last year,
didn't attend the game.
After Army went ahead 3-0, Campbell took an option toss from
Owens and sprinted untouched past the entire defense down the left
side for his fourth TD this season.
But the Black Knights answered with Dahman's 30-yard TD pass to
Jeremy Trimble to make it 10-7. Trimble split two defenders and was
so wide open that it appeared he was a punt returner making a fair
On the ensuing possession, Owens faked an inside handoff,
bounced outside, broke several tackles and ran 28 yards down the
left sideline for his ninth TD rushing. Owens' second, 1-yard TD
run made it 35-10 late in the third quarter.
Dahman tossed an 18-yard TD pass to Carlton Jones to cut it to
35-17, but Ballard broke loose on the next play.
Jones finished with 80 yards rushing and became the second
player for Army to run for 1,000 yards twice in his career. Mike
Mayweather did it in 1989-90.
Navy tried to make a statement on the opening possession by
going for a fourth-and-6 from the Army 36. Owens tossed a backward
pass to burly offensive lineman Matt Pritchett, who was stopped
after a 2-yard gain.
Army's last victory over Navy was 26-17 in 2001.
Navy started this year with losses to Maryland and Stanford, but
won its next four games. The Midshipmen are headed to the inaugural
Poinsettia Bowl against Colorado State on Dec. 22 in San Diego.
It'll be the third straight bowl appearance for Navy, a first in
the academy's history.
Under second-year coach Bobby Ross, Army was respectable this
season. The Black Knights started 0-6, but won four straight before
losing to their rival.