For the second straight year, the Bulldog football team finished second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Truman was 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the GLVC.
Of the 10 games played during the 2014 season, six were decided by 10 points or less. The season began with a heartbreaking 13-7 overtime loss at Div. I Drake (Iowa) but the ’Dogs bounced back with four straight wins over Langston (Okla.) 17-12, Missouri S&T 27-16, Lincoln (Mo.) 29-20 and McKendree (Ill.) 30-17.
The team suffered back-to-back home losses to William Jewell (Mo.) 21-17 and league champion Indianapolis (Ind.) 23-20 before pummeling Southwest Baptist (Mo.) 52-7 behind Garrett White’s GLVC record 229 yards rushing. The team finished the season with a home win on Senior Day against Quincy (Ill.) 17-14 and a road loss to Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) 35-9.
Ten Bulldogs were selected all-conference by GLVC coaches. Seniors White and Chico Orlando were unanimous first-team selections and were joined on the first team by Brad Wellman and Jacob Lamp.
The Bulldog defense, which allowed just 17.8 points per game, the fewest by a Truman team since the 1994 season, had five members selected to the second team all-conference. Seniors Nic Abbate and Matthew Bell were joined by junior Nick Reichert, sophomores Austin Zoda and Chris Stanton on the team. Sophomore kick returner Derek Hammann was an honorable mention on the all-conference team.