Before the season began, there were many who speculated that this would be football's last season at UDC. And yesterday's 69-14 loss to Division I-AA opponent Delaware State in UDC's homecoming at Eastern High School won't end that speculation.

For the Firebirds (0-4), who gave up more points than ever before, it was the worst setback of an increasingly dismal season, in which they have been outscored, 184-24.

"What can you say?" asked Coach Bobby Frazier. "We were outmatched and we just got whipped. We played hard and didn't give up. We just have to regroup and come back ready to play next week."

Delaware State (2-1) got three touchdowns apiece from Reginald Barnes (four carries, game-high 107 yards) and Pat Casey, and did not even score in the last period. UDC actually led in first downs, 18-15, and allowed only 340 total yards total offense, but that was primarily because Delaware State took quick advantage of excellent field position and the Firebirds' penalties. UDC was penalized 14 times for 155 yards, and Delaware State 11 times for 86 yards.

The overwhelming loss casts perhaps the darkest cloud yet over Firebirds football, but no one knows for sure if it will survive.

"The feeling among the student body is mixed," said UDC acting athletic director Emma Best. "We're not sure yet what the decision will be. We have until Oct. 31 to make a decision, and at that time the Board of Trustees will make the final determination."

UDC quarterback Kevin Brawner, who threw 80 yards to Delvon Montue for the Firebirds' first touchdown and ran five yards for the other, was one of the few bright spots for UDC. A freshman from Spingarn High School, he believes his team can regroup.

"We've got our heads down now," he said, "and that's understandable, but even though we're down, we keep coming back. Nobody likes to lose like this, but a loss is a loss. We're still a young team. We'll come back."

Montgomery 24, Nassau 21:

Marco Maddock rushed 175 yards for the winners in Nassau, N.Y.

Teammate Tony Harris caught eight passes for 82 yards and a touchdown as Montgomery-Rockville improved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in the Coastal Conference. Nassau is 1-3 and 0-2.

Billy Walker, who had returned a blocked field goal for a 75-yard touchdown in the second quarter, intercepted Michael Hyder's desperation pass with just over a minute to go.

Harris' 29-yard touchdown reception of Jerry Williams' pass early in the fourth quarter proved to be the winning score.

Johnson C. Smith 41, Bowie State 6:

Bowie State, which ended a 32-game losing streak last week, lost a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association game at Bowie State to the Charlotte, N.C., school.

Catholic 19, Randolph-Macon 14:

Karl Kohl scored from the 6 with 1:10 left at Catholic to provide CU's first victory in three games.

His sweep ended an 11-play, 55-yard drive after Rich Conklin returned a punt 66 yards to give the Yellow Jackets (0-3) a 14-13 lead with 5:04 left.

Freshman Robert Narh of High Point High led CU with 131 yards rushing.

CU's Drew Komlo broke his left index finger late in the game but stayed in. Two plays later, he separated his right shoulder and left the game. Two plays later, Kohl scored.

Gallaudet 36, Baptist (S.C.) 7:

The Bison (3-0), equaling their best start since 1918, totaled 429 yards in beating the Buccaneers (0-1) at Charleston, S.C.

Freshman fullback Carl White rushed 159 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns. It was his third straight 100-plus rushing day. Sophomore quarterback Jim Segala, on a nine-for-19 afternoon, passed for 214 yards and sophomore defensive back Chris VonGarrel intercepted three passes.

Dickinson 17, Georgetown 7:

Sean Maloney completed 15 of 28 passes for 121 yards to help the Red Devils (2-1) win in Carlisle, Pa.

Sean Green, a sophomore linebacker from Carroll, tied the game for GU late in the first half when he intercepted a pass and went 72 yards. He also had another interception and nine tackles.

Salisbury State 40, Frostburg State 3:

Don Washington scored two touchdowns in the second period in the victory at Salisbury, Md.