LOS ANGELES (AP/CBS Seattle) – A University of Oregon player applied the Heimlich Maneuver on man choking on a piece of food.

The Oregonian reports that Oregon senior guard Mark Asper performed the maneuver Wednesday at the Lawry’s Beef Bowl.

Lawry’s Beef Bowl is a Rose Bowl tradition in which the competing teams try to out-eat each other at Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, Calif.

It was Oregon’s turn Wednesday. According to eye witnesses, the 6-foot-7, 325-pound Asper sprang into action when the man began choking. Asper performed the maneuver, and a piece of beef flew out of the man’s mouth.

The choking man was identified as Paul Diamond, father of an Oregon student.

Asper says he learned the Heimlich in the Boy Scouts.

Asper, a fringe NFL prospect who has started all 13 games at right guard for this season’s No. 5 Ducks, has been an anchor for an offensive line on what’s considered one of college football’s most explosive offenses, led by running back LaMichael James. During winter conditioning, Asper led all offensive linemen with a 500-pound squat, according to the football team’s website.

Asper and the Ducks meet the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.

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