ECU: 31 FAU: 13

Post game quotes from tonight's game with Coach Ruffin McNeill and specific players.

Head Coach Ruffin McNeill

On FAU: "Tonight was a great challenge for our team," McNeill said. "We practiced in fall camp anticipating this short week. It was really a man-up effort by our group to face a team like ODU that stretched the field on us and then come back with a short window and play well on all four sides of the ball."

On getting the first conference win: "All wins are big," McNeill said. "But to win this first one in conference is very big. We talked about that as a group and challenged the team as a group. We made sure we made a difference in special teams and the offense and defense fed off of each other."

On Lance Ray's 85-yard kickoff return: "Lance is special and he has more confidence now," McNeill said. "(Strength and conditioning coach) Jeff Connors mentioned how hard (Lance) has worked. Lance has done great work for us in the classroom and on the field, he's just waiting for his time. We told the guys to give him a crease because he can break it."

Quarterback Shane Carden

On the offense not finding the same rhythm tonight: "(FAU) is definitely a more athletic defense," Carden said. "The entire offense couldn't get into rhythm because we'd get a big play or two and get a turnover or penalty. We just kept hurting ourselves which is unfortunate because we left a lot of points on the board."

On Lance Ray's kick return: "That was awesome," Carden said. "I went up to him after the (touchdown) drive and told him that was his drive. It was a great return to give us a short field position. The defense and special teams helped out big time tonight."

On what the offense will work on to produce against Virginia Tech: "We will work on getting our momentum going early," Carden said. "We have to sustain (momentum). Obviously turnovers are going to be a big concern this week along with penalties. We can't hurt ourselves so much, we did that too much tonight."

Senior running back Vintavious Cooper

On leading the team in rushing yards and receptions: "It felt great," Cooper said. "I'm glad I could make an impact and contribute for my team in order to get the win."

On the importance of running backs catching out of the backfield: "I feel like if you can catch the ball in open space you can have a lot of yards," Cooper said. "As a running back, that is one of the keys for me. To be a great running back is to have great hands. I plan on working in all of the hands drills to keep it up."

Defensive back Josh Hawkins

On the interception he nearly scored on: "I was sitting back in a cover three," Hawkins said. "I ran up on the receiver, he bobbled it and I ended up catching it. I bobbled it a little and ran to the outside and toward the end zone. I leaped in the air, guys said I jumped from the ten, I landed on the two and if I stretched out a little more I may have scored."

On having a better showing from the defense: "It starts on the front line," Hawkins said. "If they can hold the quarterback in the pocket we can hold down the back end. We came in with the mindset of keeping the quarterback contained."


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