Army and Duke battled for the 21st time Saturday at Michie Stadium. It marked the teams' first meeting since 1997. The Blue Devils now hold an 11-9-1 series advantage.
The Black Knights dropped their home opener for the second consecutive season. Army is now 5-4 in home openers that have taken place after the Black Knights had opened their season on the road.
Two Black Knights drew their first collegiate start on Saturday. Junior FB Kingsley Ehie and senior DE Brad Marren were the only Army players to make their collegiate starting debuts versus Duke.
Army has now dropped seven straight decisions against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. The Black Knights now stand 34-54-1 all-time against ACC foes.
Army held a 10-7 lead over Duke at halftime on Saturday. The Black Knights had won seven of the previous eight games in which they enjoyed a halftime lead.
The Black Knights enjoyed statistical advantages in total offense (385-236), rushing (266-70) and time of possession (36:04-23:56), but committed four turnovers that led directly to 21 points.
For the second consecutive week, Army registered a touchdown on its first offensive drive.
One week after establishing a career high with 109 yards rushing on just five carries, junior SB Patrick Mealy finished with 99 ground yards on 10 attempts vs. Duke. Mealy ripped off a 55-yard gain on his first carry, but was held to just 44 yards on his last eight tries. Mealy registered a 75-yard gain against Eastern Michigan during the Black Knights' season opener.
Freshman QB Trent Steelman registered his first collegiate touchdown when he plunged in from the 2-yard line early in the first quarter. Steelman finished with 75 yards rushing on 17 carries and one touchdown. He began his collegiate career a week earlier with 20 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Senior WR Alejandro Villanueva notched his first career reception on a 20-yard pass from QB Trent Steelman in the third quarter. Villanueva later teamed with senior QB Carson Williams on his first career touchdown reception. Villanueva pulled down an eight-yard touchdown pass from Williams on the final play of the game.
For the second consecutive week, Army held an opponent below 100 yards rushing. The Black Knights limited Duke to 70 ground yards on 32 carries, one week after holding Eastern Michigan to 40 rushing markers on 29 carries.
Army's defense allowed just 21 points, one week after limiting Eastern Michigan to 14.
After leading the nation in forced fumbles last year with five, junior linebacker Stephen Anderson registered his first forced fumble of the season versus Duke. Anderson was credited with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the same play Saturday.
Senior DB Mario Hill was credited with three pass breakups against Duke. All three came in the first 10 minutes of the contest.
Sophomore K Alex Carlton saw action in his first collegiate contest on Saturday, handling placement duties. Carlton finished 2-for-3 in field goal attempts and successfully converted his only extra point try. Carlton nailed a 43-yard field goal on his first attempt in the second quarter, then misfired from 24 yards just before halftime. Carlton's 31-yard field goal with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter drew Army within 14-13.
Junior Jonathan Bulls averaged 38.8 yards on six punt attempts. He dropped two kicks inside Duke's 20-yard line, extending his season total to three after two games.