PROVO — Early in the fourth quarter of Virginia’s 41-33 loss to BYU Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Cavalier placekicker Ian Frye booted a 46-yard field goal.
What makes that feat even more impressive is the circumstance under which Frye accomplished it.
Frye’s father, Mark, experienced chest pains and suffered a heart attack at the stadium just before halftime. His mother, Dana, let Ian know what was going on. Ian went into the stands to check on his dad, who was being attended to by emergency medical personnel.
Ian’s parents told him to continue playing, and Mark was taken to a local hospital. For obvious reasons, it wasn’t easy for Ian to focus on the game. Virginia administrators kept him updated on his dad’s condition.
Ian called his 46-yard field goal “probably one of my hardest kicks I ever had to do, just knowing my dad and what he was going through and having to perform still for the team. I kicked it for him.”
On the day, Frye booted four field goals and Monday was named Atlantic Coast Conference Specialist of the Week.
Frye remained in Utah Saturday night to be by his father’s side.
Mark Frye suffered a heart attack a year ago as well. This weekend in Utah, Mark underwent surgery to clear out stents put in during a previous procedure.
Ian Frye tweeted Monday that BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe visited the Frye family at the hospital after the game and brought him a meal. “I am so appreciative,” Frye wrote.
Virginia coach Mike London expressed his gratitude to coach Bronco Mendenhall “and everyone at BYU who was so helpful during this situation.”
Ian Frye is hopeful that his dad will be back in the stands this week.
“He said he’s never missed a kick, so he was quite upset about (not seeing the 46-yarder),” Frye said. “But he’s looking forward to coming, if possible, to the upcoming game.”