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San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - — Rusty Sim­mons

Cal ap­pears to have set­tled on quar­ter­back Bran­don McIl­wain, a dual-threat sopho­more trans­fer from South Carolina. Two weeks ago, he be­came the first Bears quar­ter­back to run for at least 100 yards in a game since Joe Kapp in 1958, and last week he posted ca­reer-best pass­ing num­bers (32-for-43 for 315 yards). But McIl­wain has also com­mit­ted seven turnovers — four of which have been re­turned for touch­downs.

UCLA, 0-5 for the first time since the 1943 squad lost its first seven games, has the fifth-youngest team in the na­tion (71.7 per­cent of its play­ers are un­der­class­men). Of the 56 play­ers who saw ac­tion last week against Wash­ing­ton, 20 are fresh­men, in­clud­ing quar­ter­back Do­rian Thomp­son-Robin­son.

The Bru­ins’ first five op­po­nents went into this week­end with a com­bined record of 25-3, and the tough sched­ule has taken a toll on UCLA’s stats. The Bru­ins are be­ing outscored by an av­er­age of 18 points per game, are last in the con­fer­ence in to­tal of­fense (334.0 yards per game) and rank 11th in to­tal de­fense (429.6 yards per game).

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