Scores

Final

California 31

(2-1, 0-1 away)

Nevada 52

(3-0, 3-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

10:00 PM ET, September 17, 2010

Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

1 2 3 4 T
CAL 7 7 10 731
NEV 7 17 14 1452

Top Performers

Passing: C. Kaepernick (NEV) - 181 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: S. Vereen (CAL) - 19 CAR, 198 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. Jones (CAL) - 12 REC, 161 YDS

Colin Kaepernick runs for 3 TDs, passes for 2 TDs as Wolf Pack roll

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Nevada might not yet have won the respect it thinks it deserves playing in the shadow of Boise State in the Western Athletic Conference, but California coach Jeff Tedford is ready to call the unbeaten Wolf Pack a Top 25 team after they stormed past his Pac-10 Bears 52-31.

"If I had a vote, I'd vote for them," Tedford said Friday night after many of the fans in the sellout crowd flooded the field at Mackay Stadium. "They'd be competitive in the Pac-10."

Colin Kaepernick ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 181 yards and two more scores for the Wolf Pack (3-0), who entered the game leading the nation averaging 592 yards total offense and tacked on another 497 Friday night. They will play at BYU next Saturday.

"Their offense is so tough," Tedford said. "I think they can run that offense against anyone. They know what they are doing and they're hard to stop."

Marlon Johnson scored on a 65-yard interception return for Nevada, and Vai Taua added 151 yards rushing -- including a 54-yard run that made it 45-24 with 7:43 left.

Shane Vereen ran for a career-high 198 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears (2-1), who had a 22-1-1 record against Nevada entering the game and had won their only previous contest in Reno 81-6 in 1915. Kevin Riley passed for 277 yards and a touchdown but also threw his first three touchdowns of the season.

"This team is now in the history books," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "It's been coming. It's been a long while.

"It's a great win, no question about it. It's great not only because it's a Pac-10 team [but] because Cal is a good football team. They are going to win a lot of games this year. ... This gives us the confidence that we can play with anybody."

Kaepernick moved into a tie for seventh with Missouri's Brad Smith with 45 career rushing touchdowns. In three games this year, the 6-foot-6 senior has thrown for six touchdowns and run for seven.

"This is the biggest win of my career, definitely," Kaepernick said.

It was the ninth time in their career that Kaepernick and Taua have each surpassed 100 yards rushing in the same game. Last year, they teamed with Luke Lippincott to become the first backfield trio in NCAA history to each rush for more than 1,000 yards in the same season.

"It's a big momentum win. This is something we hope to carry on through the whole season," Taua said. "It doesn't matter who we play, our O-line comes to play every week," he said.

The Bears were without linebacker Mike Mohamed, the Pac-10's leading tackler a year ago who was out with a sprained toe. They entered the game leading the nation in fewest yards allowed, averaging 161 per game. But Nevada had 297 by the half while holding Cal to only 136 as the Wolf Pack scored on four of their five possessions for a 24-14 lead.

On the first series of the second half, Vereen ran 50 yards for a touchdown to pull Cal to 24-21. Nevada went three-and-out on the next series, but six plays later Marlon Johnson stepped in front of Riley's quick out intended for Keenan Allen and raced 65 yards down the sideline for a 31-21 lead.

Vereen ran for 35 yards and Riley passed 32 yards to Miller to set up Giorgio Tavecchio's 22-yard field goal that made it 31-24 with 5:14 in the third quarter.

Nevada went up 38-24 four minutes later after Rishard Mathews caught a 29-yard pass from Kaepernick near the goal line and had it stripped by Cal's Marc Anthony. The officials' review of the videotape, however, determined Kaepernick had recovered the fumble with the nose of the ball in the end zone for a score.

An interference call on Nevada's Isiah Frey on third-and-8 kept a drive alive for the Bears, who moved inside the Wolf Pack 10. But Riley overthrew an open Sofele in the end zone on third down, was called for delay of game while trying to go for the score on fourth-and-goal from the 6, then had his pass tipped away by James-Michael Johnson with 10 minutes left in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CAL
NEV
1st Downs2226
Total Yards502497
Passing277181
Rushing225316
Penalties7-405-45
3rd Down Conversions7-116-9
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers31
Possession23:0136:59

Passing Leaders

CaliforniaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Riley23/372777.513
NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kaepernick10/1518112.120

Rushing Leaders

CaliforniaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vereen1919810.4359
Sofele6183.005
NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taua251516.0154
Kaepernick171488.7327

Receiving Leaders

CaliforniaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones1216113.4039
Miller35719.0032
NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Matthews38327.7133
Session34314.3115

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCALNEV
TD08:23Tray Session 15 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Anthony Martinez Kick) 07
TD03:06Shane Vereen 59 Yd Run (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERCALNEV
TD12:45Colin Kaepernick 1 Yd Run (Anthony Martinez Kick) 714
TD08:22Colin Kaepernick 8 Yd Run (Anthony Martinez Kick) 721
TD03:19Shane Vereen 1 Yd Run (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 1421
FG00:02Anthony Martinez 30 Yd 1424
THIRD QUARTERCALNEV
TD11:59Shane Vereen 50 Yd Run (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 2124
TD08:41Marlon Johnson 65 Yd Interception Return (Anthony Martinez Kick) 2131
FG05:14Giorgio Tavecchio 22 Yd 2431
TD01:14Rishard Matthews 0 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Anthony Martinez Kick) 2438
FOURTH QUARTERCALNEV
TD07:43Vai Taua 54 Yd Run (Anthony Martinez Kick) 2445
TD06:20Eric Stevens 4 Yd Pass From Kevin Riley (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 3145
TD03:29Colin Kaepernick 27 Yd Run (Anthony Martinez Kick) 3152