It wasn't football for the faint of heart when the University of the District of Columbia played Bowie State in the rain and mud at Cardozo High School yesterday. But then Corvin Lamb, the Firebirds' running back, played with just about as much fortitude as anyone could.

He gained 200 yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown in the first half of the 21-0 victory. Keith Young (11 for 14, 125 yards) threw two touchdown passes to John Ragin for the Firebirds' other two scores in the second half.

Lamb had missed practice all week because he had gone home to Miami for his grandfather's funeral. "I dedicated the game to his memory," he said. "I got my energy from my grandfather."

By winning two of its last three, UDC finished 2-8. Bowie State finished 0-10.

Lamb's 20-yard touchdown run with 4:31 left in the half ended a 10-play, 79-yard drive and provided a 7-0 halftime lead. He said he doesn't like to play in the cold and rain, but thrived under the conditions.

Running up the middle, he was aided by the blocking of Barry (Bighouse) Bailey and Harold (The Apartment) Ferguson, the team's huge 300-pound right tackle and right guard. "This is grind it-out-weather," said Bailey, whose yellow uniform was covered with mud.

The Firebirds went ahead, 14-0, with 13:34 to play in the third quarter. Ragin returned the opening kickoff to the Bulldogs' 45. Lamb rushed three times for 21 yards. The Firebirds were called for illegal procedure but on the next play, Young threw a 32-yard scoring pass to Ragin.

Bowie State fumbled two plays after the next kickoff and lost the ball on its 28. Short passes to Simon and Willie Goodwin moved the ball to the seven. On third and goal, Young threw to Ragin on a timing pattern for the touchdown.