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[2/2/08] The Bucs travelled to Waco on Friday night to kick off the much anticipated 2008 season, and donned their new black jerseys for the first time as well. After losing to Baylor last year at home, the Bucs knew this would be a tough battle from the beginning.

The game was truly a tale of two halves. For the better part of 30 minutes, the Bucs went toe to toe with the bears, trading goals throughout the first two stanzas. In fact, the Bucs had a chance to bring the game to a 6-6 tie with a man-up with less than 2 minutes in the half, only to lose the ball and have Baylor score on man down to go into halftime with a 7-5 lead.

The Bears would score twice in each of the last two quarters to bring the final to 11-5, as the Bucs could not find the back of the net the rest of the game.

Unfortunately, coupled with the run and gun style of Baylor, the Bucs were obviously out of game shape and it showed in the second half, as they were beat consistently to ground balls, and made countless mistakes when they did have possession.

With one of the youngest teams experience wise in quite a while, the Bucs simply fell prey to a solid team and first game jitters. The Bears controlled possession most of the second half and the few times the Bucs did get possession, the managed to find ways to throw it away each time.

It was great to have Webb back where he belongs, having been out since the Baylor game last year due to injury. The entire attack showed they will be a force to be reckoned with as they continue to work together throughout the year. Irish started the season for the Bucs with the first goal of the game. With his athletic ability he will only get better as the year progresses.

Dreamcrusher McDonough played like he was in mid- to late-season form, helping the Bucs thwart numerous offensive threats throughout the game. The entire defense did a great job, including Fern, a first year starter and Fletch, back from the Austrian national team.

The Bucs realized they have a lot of progress they can make if they choose to do so, and also realized that conditioning can make or break a team.

We appreciate all the fans that made the trek to Waco to support the Bucs. Next weekend our season kicks into high gear with a game against the University of Texas Longhorns followed up by our first conference game against the UTA Mavericks in our first home game of the season.

- Bill Bowman