PROVO — The BYU Cougars are now 4-0 on the season and ranked No. 21 in the nation thanks to a second half surge against Virginia last weekend.
While the game was a blast to watch, especially if you’re a Cougar fan, it was something that happened off the field that has turned into the most interesting story to come out of the 41-33 Cougar victory.
Virginia kicker Ian Frye had a solid game, which included a 46-yard field goal to keep the Cavaliers in the game. But just before halftime, the junior learned that his father suffered a heart attack at the game.
Frye: My father suffered a heart attack during the game. The two stints they put in a couple years ago had clogged back up. — Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) September 22, 2014
Frye said that while he was worried about his dad, he decided to stay and play the second half because it’s what his father wanted.
Frye: My dad told me to stay with the team at halftime when I was there with him outside our locker room. — Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) September 22, 2014
Frye’s father went into surgery and the kicker met him at the hospital after the game.
Frye: When I made it to the hospital he had already had surgery and was watching college football. He was upset he missed my last kick. — Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) September 22, 2014
The University of Virginia said the BYU staff was incredibly helpful and expressed their gratitude for the way they were treated.
Want to thank @TomHolmoe & all the great staff at BYU who assisted Ian Frye's family after Mr. Frye fell ill at game. Ian very grateful. — Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) September 22, 2014
> Frye: The BYU staff was great, they kept us calm. > > — Virginia Football (@UVa\_Football) [September 22, 2014](https://twitter.com/UVa_Football/status/514137363371786240)
Virginia head coach Mike London also weighed in on the situation and gave his thanks to BYU.
London: I am very thankful to Bronco Mendenhall and everyone at BYU who was so helpful during this situation. — Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) September 22, 2014
Frye hit the 46-yard field goal after hearing the news about his father.
"That was probably one of my hardest kicks that I have ever had to do." - Ian Frye pic.twitter.com/6pxUHNrXFe — Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) September 22, 2014