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Football year in review: Bowl game imminent for program in second year of Division I eligibility

The Texas State football team toed the line between disaster and success this year.

The end result, a 7-5 record and a potential bowl game invitation, is a step in the right direction for a program in the infancy of its transition to the Division I level.

But the season could have taken a different turn. Coach Dennis Franchione said the team could be 9-3 or 3-9 at this point, a massive difference befitting a team that takes volatility to a new level. Case in point—seven games were decided by eight points or fewer.

For the most part, the Bobcats thrived with their backs against the wall. There were dents in the armor, but that comes with any program building its football foundation from the ground up.

Volleyball season review: Balanced team effort, young talent propel team to second place finish

The San Antonio Spurs win by committee with a selfless approach that has resulted in a present-day dynasty. The Texas State volleyball team shares the same mindset. 

Texas State entered the season with only four seniors on the active roster. The Bobcats had to find a way to replace three senior starters from last year’s championship team. Couple that with the fact that Caylin Mahoney, senior setter, was out for most of the season and many players were wondering if the Bobcats could even qualify for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

Soccer season review: Bobcats show improvement despite semifinal exit in conference tournament

Troy’s lone game goal ended Texas State’s 2014 season less than three minutes into the Sun Belt Tournament semifinals matchup.

The Bobcats showed improvement from the 2013 season.

The team ended the year with an 11-7-2 overall record and 5-3-1 in conference play.

The Bobcats had the best start in program history but lost to TCU in their seventh game.

The Bobcats began conference play with a three-game winning streak after suffering a few defeats from in-state rivals UTSA and Texas.

The program will lose an offensive threat this year with Tori Hale, senior forward, graduating. Hale’s speed was a big threat to opponents as she was usually the first one down the field. Hale helped lead the team with five goals this season.

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