Quarterback Colin Kaepernick accounted for five touchdowns as the WAC team won its third game of the season without a loss.
"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." Kaepernick ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 181 yards and two more scores for the Wolf Pack (3-0), who burned Cal with 497 yards of total offense. "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.
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.
Nevada travels to test BYU this Saturday in Provo.