Tuli Wily-Matagi was wide open.

The pass from Darell Garretson was coming in on target and all Wily-Matagi, a 6-foot-4, 258-pound sophomore tight end, had to do was look the ball all the way into his hands and it was going to be a big pass play for Oregon State against California last Saturday in Berkeley.

Instead, the ball bounced off Wily-Matagi's hands and dropped to the turf.

"I just took my eyes off of it," Wily-Matagi said. "I should have concentrated on the ball more but kind of got carried away thinking about the run after the catch."

Two plays later, the ball was coming Wily-Matagi's way once again. This time it was a backwards pass from Garretson.

There was no drop this time.

Wily-Matagi hauled it in, settled for a second and then lofted the ball to running back Ryan Nall for a 26-yard touchdown.

The Beavers had been practicing the play since the week before the Stanford game and Wily-Matagi said co-offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven told the players to be ready for the call if OSU got to the high red zone.

"We got the call, I was still pretty bummed out about the dropped pass earlier but all the boys were telling me to just look past it and we'll be good and gave me back a little confidence," Wily-Matagi said. "And so when we got the play, I was excited and ready to do it.

"Once I caught the ball I knew Nall was going to be open from the defense before the snap, so I caught it, let loose and Ryan Nall made the play and it was awesome."

You probably won't see Wily-Matagi move into the Beavers' depth chart as an emergency quarterback anytime soon.

The throw was on target but seemed to float in the air for quite some time before reaching Nall.

"Initially when I threw it I knew Ryan was going to be at the spot to make the play," Wily-Matagi said. "I guess I didn't realize how long it was up there until I actually saw the replay, but it worked out. Could have been a prettier ball and McGiven definitely had some things to say technique-wise, but in the end it all worked out and we got what we wanted out of it."

Dropped passes have plagued both Wily-Matagi and fellow tight end Noah Togiai.

Wily-Matagi said they need to go back to fundamentals and get some extra work in catching the ball.

"Both me and Noah have had some drops during this season, so just going back to little things and just trying to work on our concentration," Wily-Matagi said.

The Beavers have also gone with a two-tight-end set at times.

"That's something the coaches have liked in our game plan was utilizing more 12 personnel with both me and Noah," Wily-Matagi said. "When I come in I'm the end-line tight end. I'm usually the Y and Noah will play the H in terms of our position on the field. I guess my role is more of a blocking tight end, which is something I enjoy, something I have really bought into, something the coaches in the meeting room really stress."

Wily-Matagi enjoys the blocking role and it has been a big reason why he has been able to get on the field for the Beavers.

"I like the physicality of the game," he said. "Just to me that's fun, always being in the trenches and trying to win your one-on-one battles."

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