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Motorin’: Your Highlight Reel Of The Most Night Ranger-Worthy Runs From College Football’s Week 4

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Prompted by a discussion between Gawker's own Mobutu Sese Seko and Sports Illustrated college football writer Holly Anderson, we created this mp3 celebrating the best and only relevant moment of Night Ranger's musical career. We think it's worth using to highlight plays, so here's the best runs from this past weekend in college football. They're Motorin'!


Missouri vs. South Carolina: Ace Sanders's Astounding Punt Return

Only in the SEC could the weekend's most exciting play not even result in a touchdown. But here it is, Ace Sanders returning a Missouri punt about as far as possible without scoring, and doing a lot of juking, bumping, stiff-arming, and spinning along the way. He was Motorin'!


Citadel vs. North Carolina State: Rashard Smith's 73-yard Punt Return Touchdown

While playing FCS teams always shift the standard for what qualifies as a major-program college football highlight, this return by N.C. State's Rashard Smith should fit the bill regardless of opponent. From outmaneuvering the gunners to sprinting past the punter, he was Motorin'!

South Carolina State vs. Texas A & M: Dustin Harris's 96-yard Punt Return Touchdown

Apply the above but with a note that Harris is unbelievably stupid to be fielding a punt inside his own five-yard-line and surrounded by coverage men, to boot. So what does he do? Races to the end zone, that's what, because he was Motorin'!


Akron vs. Tennessee: Quentin Hines Rushes For 70 Yards

Tennessee somehow escaped the trail of dead left by the MAC on Saturday, coming from behind to beat Akron 47-26. Akron had its fair share of highlight plays, though, none better than this 70-yard run from Quentin Hines. He was Motorin'!


Idaho State vs. Nebraska: An 81-Yard Punt Return From Ameer Abdullah

Hey, FCS schools, teach some special teams! Though, again, we think this is worthy of inclusion because of outstanding work on Ameer Abdullah's part—just look at the ground he covers to avoid tacklers and find the end zone. He was Motorin'!


Colorado vs. Washington State: Tony Jones Goes For 84 Yards

Miracle of miracles, the Colorado Buffaloes won a football game. They had to come back from behind to do it, though, and part of that comeback included this fantastic run from Tony Jones. He was Motorin'!


San Jose State vs San Diego State: Adam Muema's 83-Yarder Puts The Aztecs On The Board

Apologies for the video quality here, as this game was only aired on local TV in San Diego and they were actually late in switching to the game—an episode of TMZ was airing when this play happened live. But we have it, regardless, and it's a lovely run from the Aztecs' Adam Muema. He was Motorin'!


UTEP vs. Wisconsin: Devin Smith Returns A Blocked PAT The Length Of The Field For Two Points

While safeties are exciting, I consider the two-point return to be a far more exciting way of acquiring a deuce in college football. After all, you're in the doldrums for giving up six, then moments later you're scoring two points of your own. Usually a safety occurs in predictable conditions; the blocked PAT-for-two-points is one of football's wackiest plays. Here's Badgers block team member Devin Smith's recovery and run toward two-point glory. He was Motorin'!

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