ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If BYU kicker Jake Oldroyd could write a script to close out the New Mexico Bowl here on Saturday, his college football career would end the way it started.
With a kick that wins the game.
“It’s going to be a very cool way to have some bookends in my career,” Oldroyd said in Provo earlier this week. Not in. It would be fun.”
You’re not going to do all the kicks. The biggest thing is how you react when you’re in.” — Jake Oldroyd, BYU Kicker
It would also bring sweet redemption to Oldroyd, who briefly lost his first job after falling into the biggest slump of his career in September. He has 2020 qualification left, but he said he’s moving on after the bowl game.
“This is my last game,” he said. “It should be fun.”
Oldroyd is out of college and working in tech sales for a security company, but he wants to try the NFL first.
“Why?” he said. “I’ll put myself out there and see if anyone (interested) has a taker. If not, that’s fine. I’ll do my best.”
Oldroyd is from the Dallas area, so he smiles when he plays against Metroplex teams like SMU, but the Mustangs never recruited him from Southlake Carroll High.
“No, nobody (didn’t hire me). Definitely not them,” Oldroyd said. Here’s the short version[of how he got to BYU].”
Of course, die-hard BYU fans know what happened next.
In his first college game, he came off relieving a struggling kicker and scored the game-winning 33-yard field goal with eight seconds left to beat the Arizona Wildcats at the NFL home of the Arizona Cardinals. rice field.
Will there be a repeat performance from 2016?
Oldroyd doesn’t expect that.
“I hope we can provide some exciting moments for our fans,” he said. “I have been in some great matches and as a fan I hope it was fun to watch and witness. , and even if we weren’t able to do that, we were able to provide inspiration to those who experienced challenges on and off the field.”
After missing two field goals that would have beaten Baylor and another chip shot against Oregon, Oldroyd was replaced by a walk-on Justen Smith, but eventually regained his status and finished in the final. I made 3 attempts.
“Yeah, that’s the most important thing for me,” he said of how he bounced. And when you find yourself in a bit of a rut, the most important thing is how you handle it.I feel like I put together a solid series of games here at the end of the year. It’s everything you could ask for.”
Oldroyd is third on BYU’s list of career field goals made with 49, behind Owen Pockman (66) and Matt Payne (54). He is his second on BYU’s all-time scoring list with 331, behind Mitch Payne’s 334.
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17th Annual New Mexico Bowl
BYU (7-5) vs. SMU (7-5)
December 17th at 5:30pm MST
University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
tv set: ABC
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