BOWIE -- Senior running back Deley Jacks scored three touchdowns yesterday to lead Bowie State past Livingstone, 31-12, for its first victory of the season.
The win was the Bulldogs' first since the fourth game of last season. Bowie (1-4-1, 1-3 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) ended an 11-game losing streak by tying Virginia Union, 7-7, last week.
Livingstone, from Salisbury, N.C., is 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the CIAA.
After Livingstone took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Rob Clodfelter, Jacks scored his first touchdown on the last play of the quarter, a 12-yard pass from quarterback Darrell Foote.
William Chesnick kicked the extra point to give Bowie a lead it never relinquished. Jacks' touchdown was the first Bowie has scored in the first quarter this season.
Jacks, who gained 58 yards on 17 carries, scored on a 1-yard dive into the middle five minutes into the third quarter, and Bowie led 15-6 after holder Michael Young got up and ran in for a two-point conversion.
Jacks' third touchdown, a 3-yard run around right end with 4:11 left, was the game's final score.
"This was the greatest day I've ever had," said Jacks, a 190-pounder from Owings in Calvert County. "Things are really coming together for us. We have four games left. We want to finish with five straight wins."
Said Sherman Wood, Bowie's first-year coach: "We wanted to show this homecoming crowd that there's a new attitude at Bowie State."
Wood -- an assistant coach last year at Virginia Union -- played at Salisbury State in the early 1980s. Wood replaced ex-Baltimore Colts linebacker Sanders Shiver.
"I want to give special credit to our line," said Wood. "We only have seven offensive linemen and they played the whole game."
The game's most exciting play came immediately after Craig Mitchell (117 rushing yards) ran 9 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 22-6 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Livingstone's Herb Jones went 85 yards for a touchdown to keep the visitors in the game, 22-12.
After that, though, Bowie added two points on a safety and Jacks scored his third touchdown.
Livingstone College 6 0 0 6 -- 12
Bowie State 7 0 8 16 -- 31