BYU place kicker Jake Oldroyd kicks an extra point as BYU and Baylor play at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Shortly after he missed a pair of field goal attempts that would have won BYU’s showdown with Baylor last Saturday night, Cougars kicker Jake Oldroyd checked his phone and email thinking he was about to be bombarded with negative messages.
Instead, Oldroyd said after Wednesday’s practice in Provo, “hundreds and hundreds of messages” flooded his inbox and pinged his phone, and all were positive and supportive.
“I was surprised at the overwhelming positivity from the whole fanbase,” Oldroyd said. “I expected to hear both sides. I made a big-time mistake in front of a lot of eyes. You expect that to happen. But it told me about the character of the BYU fanbase. A lot of people offered their love and support.
“Everybody has had the same message for me, and that’s something that I have channeled and used this week through the preparation, and hoping it will carry me through the season.” — BYU kicker Jake Oldroyd.
“It shows me that this is more than a game and that my identity as a person isn’t necessarily connected to my performance on the field. So I was grateful for that,” he continued.
The Cougars eventually took a 26-20 win in the second overtime, and the lasting image from that late-night game will be quarterback Jaren Hall embracing Oldroyd and telling him “over and over that he loved me, all the guys love me, and that he’s got my back.”
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