As a running back for the Oregon Ducks, Cyrus Habibi-Likio isn’t usually tackling but on Saturday he made a key take down — though not of an opposing player.
Habibi-Likio tackled a rowdy fan who invaded the field during the Ducks’ game against the California Golden Bears at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
During a third-quarter timeout, a man ran onto the field, straight past the Ducks’ huddle and even eluded a security guard.
Spotting the rogue fan, Habibi-Likio left his team’s huddle, sprinted 20 yards and tackled him to the ground. Security guards then escorted the man off the field.
While Habibi-Likio’s tackle drew loud cheers from the crowd, he said he felt bad about it and just wanted to get the game restarted.
“We were down, and he was kind of taking a while — prayers out to him, I hope he’s not hurt,” Habibi-Likio told reporters after the game. “I had no intention of hurting him, we just need to get the game going.”
The man has not been identified, and his condition is unknown.
“If he has Instagram or Twitter, you can follow me and message me and we can go get ice cream,” Habibi-Likio told reporters, addressing the mystery man.
The Ducks beat the Golden Bears 17-7.