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Hawkeye alumni and famous Iowa natives react to gut-wrenching loss vs. Penn State

Matthew Bain
Hawk Central

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Hawkeye fans weren't short on emotions after Saturday night's gut-wrenching, 21-19 loss to No. 4 Penn State. And like you do nowadays, many took to Twitter to vent.

Iowa fans react to a call during the Hawkeyes' game against No. 4 Penn State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

That included some famous Iowa natives and Hawkeye football alumni.

Perhaps nobody let more steam out than current WWE star and former Iowa lineman Ettore Ewen, whose wrestling stage name is "Big E." Here he is on camera reacting to Trace McSorley's last-second, 7-yard game-winning touchdown pass.

Ewen's WWE colleague, Davenport native Colby Daniel Lopez (stage name: Seth Rollins), and former Hawkeye Adam Gettis weren't faring much better.

Others took a calmer, more forward-looking approach. Plenty of recent Hawkeye alumni fell in that category.

Like Jaleel Johnson ... 

George Kittle ... 

LeShun Daniels ... 

Pat Angerer ... 

Austin Blythe ... 

And Christian Kirksey ...

Other Iowa fans simply gave credit where it was due: to Mr. Saquon Barkley, who shredded the Hawkeyes for 305 combined rushing and passing yards. Plenty in attendance at Kinnick Stadium could barely believe what they saw from the Heisman candidate — and neither could Tiffin native and Clear Creek Amana alumnus Ashton Kutcher.

Matthew Bain covers preps, recruiting and the Hawkeyes for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewBain_.