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Reidy's Big Moment

As a senior at Damascus High School in 2004, Matt Reidy scored 17 rushing touchdowns as a running back. Since then, Reidy, a fifth-year senior, was made a rover on defense, played mostly special teams and had never found the end zone.

That changed on Saturday. In Virginia Tech’s 31-7 win over Miami, Reidy scored his first collegiate touchdown.

“Going in, I never thought I’d score a touchdown,” Reidy said. “So it was a great feeling.”

Although the score happened in highlight fashion, it was likely not the most difficult play of Reidy’s career.

With Miami punting from its 25-yard line toward the end of the first half, Virginia Tech’s Jacob Sykes went untouched at punter Matt Bosher and stuffed the kick. The ball slid toward the goal line, the Hokies’ Marcus Davis tried to scoop the ball but slipped on the soupy turf. Reidy was standing nearby, plucked the ball at the 1-yard line and then stepped easily into the end zone.

“I saw Marcus Davis was trying to pick it up, and he slipped,” Reidy said. “I saw him fall, and I was like, well, I might as well get it.”

Reidy added, “I was at the right spot at the right time.”

By that thinking, Reidy seemed to always be in the right spot at the right time in high school.

In 2003, as a junior, he rushed for 1,727 yards and scored 25 touchdowns as Damascus won Maryland's 4A state championship. He had 40 carries for 182 yards and three touchdowns in a semifinal win over an Eleanor Roosevelt team that featured former Penn State standout Derrick Williams. In his senior year, Reidy helped Damascus to a state final appearance, rushing for 1,866 yards.

By Mark Viera  |  September 28, 2009; 12:41 AM ET
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