Waubonsie Alumnus Leads Badgers to Cotton Bowl Win

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Wisconsin’s Troy Fumagalli makes a leaping touchdown catch in the 4th quarter to give the Badgers the lead for good in the Cotton Bowl. (photo credit / @CottonBowlGame)
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Waubonsie Valley product Austin Guido warms up with the Western Michigan Broncos before Mondays Cotton Bowl. (photo credit / Brandon Guido)

DALLAS РIn November 2012, Troy Fumagalli and Austin Guido played their final high school football game together in the postseason. Four years later, the two once again played together in the postseason, but on different college teams; Fumagalli for the University of Wisconsin and Guido for Western Michigan University.

Fumagalli would get the better of Guido and the Broncos on Monday, as Wisconsin defeated Western Michigan, 24-16, in the Cotton Bowl. The starting tight end finished the game with six catches for 83 yards and one touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, with Wisconsin leading 17-10, freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook hit Fumagalli from eight yards out to secure the Badgers’ victory. As impressive as that catch was, Fumagalli started the day’s highlight reel with a 20-yard, one-handed grab on the team’s first scoring drive.

Leading up to today’s game, Fumagalli caught 41 passes for 497 yards, helping the Badgers to an 11-3 record in 2016. At Waubonsie, Fumagalli was a two-tie all-conference selection in 2011 and 2012. Guido still holds several school rushing and scoring records, including career yards (4,126) and career touchdowns (54).