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How many Scotsman dogs can a champ eat? Six . . . or five, depending on how you count

By Julie Garcia

February 28, 2005 | The beefy scent of Scotsman dogs wafted through the Taggart Student Center hallways Monday as the Quickstop held its first Scotsman dog eating contest.

More than 100 students flocked to the convenience store to witness the grotesque eating frenzy. Twelve contestants paid $5 to see how many hot dogs they could scarf and barf in five minutes.

"Some of the contestants were so nervous and excited that you could see them shaking," said Noah Riley, a Quickstop employee.

About 60 of the 100 Scotsman dogs prepared were eaten. On average, each contestant ate three to four wieners.

Jordan Collins, a USU student and contestant, beat the competition by eating six. He said he threw up the last one.

"Luckily they said the ones you threw up still counted. So, I was puking as much as possible," Collins said.

Collins didn't think he would win but he made sure he had plenty of support by having his friends cheer him on, he said.

Most of the contestants had red faces and looked exhausted from the binge-fest by the end of the competition. Many were just trying to focus on swallowing the next bite.

"It was pretty gross. I won't ever eat a Scotsman again," Collins said.

Riley said, "For consolation prizes, we didn't want anyone to feel like they were losers. So, we gave out coupons for free Scotsman dogs."

The Quickstop held the contest to boost morale and give its regular customers something fun to do, said Riley.

"It's something fun we want to do again and again every year around this time, " he said.

A Scotsman dog at the Quickstop is basically a hamburger in the shape of a hot dog

"Here at Utah Sate, we love our Scotsman, so we renamed it the Scotsman and have been advertising this ever since," Riley said.

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