GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – ECU came a field goal short and fell 19-16 to Cincinnati. Fans say it was an upsetting loss for the Pirates.
“I’m a little disappointed, still disappointed and kind of at a loss for words,” said Kelly McCullough.
“It was a sad game, it ended so quickly, in a blink of an eye,” Lynn Gentry said.
Even though ECU isn’t heading to the bowl games this year, Pirate fans say their still proud of the team.
Art Morrison said, “Every pirate fan out here wants the pirates to do better and to go to that next level and we have to get there and keep plugging.”
Before the three point loss to the Bearcats, thousands of fans took to the Dowdy parking lot to have a little fun before game.
“We have three different families that come together and their friends and I have a daughter that goes to ECU and she brings her sorority friends and everyone has a good time,” explained Gentry.
One local tailgater says he attends most home games and brings his award winning tailgate mini bus.
“I think it’s important to show your spirit for the team, and show support how we do even in a losing situation. We show up better than teams that have a winning season. That’s how ECU does it,” Brian Mcveigh said.
While fans say they were disappointed in the loss, others have a positive mindset.
“Yeah, better luck next year,” said McCullough.
Gentry said, “You have to be a die hard fan, win or lose.”
Pirate fans will be back at Dowdy-Ficklen for the first home game next year against Western Carolina on September 3rd.