Lyerla gets time in No. 2 Oregon's backfield

Lyerla gets time in No. 2 Oregon's backfield

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EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 1: Tight end Colt Lyerla #15 of the Oregon Ducks is tackled by Chaz Scales #25 and Nathan Herrold #40 of the Arkansas State Red Wolves and on September 1, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)

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by ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer

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Posted on September 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Tight end Colt Lyerla can be excused for momentary lapses because he's still getting used to playing a role in Oregon's backfield.

The sophomore laughed that he wasn't supposed to hold onto the ball when quarterback Bryan Bennett handed off to him in the third quarter Saturday night against Arizona. Neither Lyerla nor Bennett would let go, so both scored together from a yard out.

There was confusion about who to give the touchdown to, but in the end it was determined that Lyerla crossed the plane first.

Lyerla later joked that maybe he held on a little bit too long.

The Ducks defeated the Wildcats 49-0, and in the process jumped a spot in the AP ranking to No. 2.

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