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Wisconsin student managers rout Iowa to retain the Rusty Toolbox once again

By golly, folks. That was a mud stompin’!

Make it eight straight wins for the Wisconsin Badgers’ student managers in a yearly rivalry, as they defeated Iowa 40–12 to retain the Rusty Toolbox on Friday night.

UW Equipment’s Twitter profile detailed the flag football game extensively, which was played inside Iowa’s indoor facility. Wisconsin was up 21–6 at the half and continued its dominance during the final two quarters in the 23rd edition of the contest.

Wisconsin student manager Jake Fisher recorded one heck of a game, having a hand in several of the team’s touchdowns through the air. That apparently included having a couple of key targets.

Former Brookfield, Wis. (Central) standout Zack Heckman tallied three touchdowns and a conversion, including a 60-yard score early in the fourth quarter. According to WisSports.Net, the former Lancer rushed for 491 yards on 5.2 yards per carry with five touchdowns, with another two touchdowns caught through the air last season for the WIAA Division 2 state runner-ups.

Brad Burling scored two touchdowns and a conversion as well for the Badgers’ student managers, who are two years away from making it a decade’s worth of dominance over the Hawkeyes.

As we’ve previously note, the Rusty Toolbox Game started about 27 years ago in 1991. Since 1995, the contest has been played on the night before Wisconsin and Iowa. With the Leaders and Legends divisions earlier this decade, there was a two-year hiatus when the two programs’ student managers did not play each other in 2011 and 2012.

Iowa has not won the Rusty Toolbox since the 2008 season, with Wisconsin now leading the all-time series 12–11.

With the Wisconsin student managers dominating their competition, will the football team take care of business down in Iowa City on Saturday (7:30 p.m. CT, FOX)?