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Nine Oregon players were trapped in an elevator

December 30, 2011 | 11:47 am

Oregon's trip to Los Angeles has been quite a comedy of errors.

There was Wednesday evening at Lawry's, when offensive lineman Mark Asper performed the Heimlich maneuver on a man who was choking on prime rib.

Then there was Tuesday at Disneyland, when photos revealed that while LaMichael James is utterly fearless when it comes to 300-pound tackles, a 32-mph ride at Disneyland sends him into a state of sheer terror.

But before these adventures, nine large players reportedly were stuck in an elevator for two hours at their hotel, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

The players alternated between standing and sitting to save space; when a player became fatigued with his position, he'd tap another for a switch. (If only game-time substitutions were that easy.)

"We had music playing," defensive end Dion Jordan told reporters. "We tried to make the most of it. It was kind of nerve-wracking to be stuck in the elevator for that long."

Their frayed nerves could perhaps be used to justify their poor showing at the Lawry's "Beef Bowl," where they were outeaten by Wisconsin by more than 100 pounds of prime rib.


Oregon's Mark Asper saves choking man at Lawry's [Video]

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-- Melissa Rohlin

Photo: Members of Oregon's football team descend an escalator on Rose Bowl media day. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press