Postgame Buffalo: Kelvin Hopkins, Wunmi Oyetuga, Elijah Riley, Darnell Woolfolk

Army junior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins, senior defensive lineman Wunmi Oyetuga, junior cornerback Elijah Riley and senior fullback Darnell Woolfolk comment after Black Knights’ 42-13 win at Buffalo

Kelvin Hopkins
On getting fullbacks going
“That’s where our option starts. Just getting that fullback going and getting the line of scrimmage moved. The MOB (Malicious Offensive Brotherhood, offensive line), they were really big on getting the fullback going all  week. That was something that they really talked about wanting to do. Just to get that fullback going and get some confidence with Darnell and them knowing they could get four or five yards a pop any time that they wanted to. That was big moving the line of scrimmage and getting on schedule early in drives.”

On key to keeping drives alive
“Just to go at them. We had to attack. We know they have an explosive offense. We just wanted to stay on the field as long as possible.”

On touchdown pass to Jordan Asberry in the third quarter
“It’s just something we practice. It’s a base play for us as far as passing goes. It was just execution. Jordan ran a great route to get open. The offensive line gave me time to make it happen. It was just something we do every day in practice, a play that we practice all of the time. It was just execution.

On bouncing back from first-drive interception
“Coach (Monken) always talks about not flinching. When things don’t go your way, you can’t get down on yourself. You got to go back out there and play for your teammates. You got to understand you can’t get upset over the mistakes you made because there’s a bunch of guys that count on you. Especially at quarterback, you have to be able to bounce ball, face adversity and recover. My biggest thing was letting it go and getting back out there and playing for the team.”

Wunmu Oyetuga
On field goal block returned for touchdown in second quarter
“That play was primarily a team effort. We had Ray Wright with a great push up front that opened up a gap. It allowed me to step up and tip the ball. Elijah Riley came off the edge and the ball went right to him. Immediately, he took off down the field. It was a great team play all around.”

On the defense holding Buffalo without points on Bulls’ second drive
“I think on that drive we were really settled into the game atmosphere. We knew what to expect. We have a great plan coming in. The coaches did a great job. It really showed in that drive.

On bouncing back from overtime loss at Oklahoma
“It’s a great feeling. It just shows all of the work that we’ve been putting in over the summer and over the first few games. It shows throughout the entire time that we are ready to go each week and we are ready to show the teams that we are playing against that we are ready to go.”

Elijah Riley
On defense responding after Buffalo’s first drive
“Obviously, we made a mistake on the drive but we recuperated. Coach (Jay) Bateman got us together and said to get our heads straight and we kept on pushing.”

On returning blocked field goal for touchdown
“I just landed right in my hands. Tuga (Wunmi Oyetuga) did a great job of getting to the ball. The line made a great push. It landed in my hands and I just had to run. That’s all.”

On bouncing back from overtime loss at Oklahoma
“The Oklahoma game was in the past as soon as we got on the bus. It was Buffalo from then on out and we couldn’t anything from that game linger going forward. We couldn’t let it beat us twice.”

Darnell Woolfolk
On fullbacks success
“(Brent Davis, Army’s offensive coordinator) is always saying that we want to start with the fullback because it opens up the rest of our playbook. The offensive line took good control. We were able to establish the fullback, Connor (Slomka), Calen (Holt) and myself. That’s due to the offensive line getting a great push.”

On offensive line’s play
“I love our o-line. I think they are getting better and better every week. They are really stepping up their game no matter what the situation is.”

On Kelvin Hopkins’ development
“He’s gained a lot of confidence since the start of the season. I think it helps our offense a lot. He’s not scared to go in there and run the ball. He can also pull up and throw. He’s very versatile and it helps our offense a lot.”

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