Published: Mar 31, 2013 4:34 PM EDT

FGCU-Fla.-Charter buses filled with 100 FGCU students pulled into Alico Arena Sunday morning. One by one, the students filed off the buses-exhausted, but energized. The students watched the Eagles take on the University of Florida at Cowboys stadium Friday night. Even though the Eagles lost, the students said it was all about the journey. For them-literally. They spent 40 hours travelling on these buses.

Brice Pellicionni said, "The bus ride was a lot of fun and we had a lot of school spirit. We watched a lot of movies and slept a lot, but very enjoyable."

Perry Chencin said, "The best part about the trip was entering Cowboys stadium-what an amazing stadium and seeing our boys get out on the floor and the student section was amazing everyone had such enthusiasm and we never stopped cheering."

Some of those cheers were made up during the trip.

Nicki Mcternan said, "We always have FGCU, FGCU, Go Eagles! and all that kind of stuff."

Chencin said, "We have more chants now than we did at the beginning of the season. Someone said the Gators made points, but FGCU made history. So I like that one a lot."

For many of these students, it was their first time visiting Texas.

Benjamin Jaap said, "It was a fun experience and the trip of a lifetime. I hope we get to do it again next year."