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Camera Narrowly Misses Player as it Crashes to Field During College Football Game

"Heck, if you look up you might think it's a Soviet satellite falling out of the sky or something."

The back judge moves an overhead video camera after it fell on the field during the second half of the Insight Bowl NCAA college football game between Oklahoma and Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma won 31-14. (AP Photo/Matt York)

ESPN camera fall

A college football player had a narrow miss with an overhead video camera as it came crashing down to the field during the Insight Bowl Friday.

The ESPN camera just missed Iowa receiver Martin McNutt Jr., who became entangled in the guide wire but wasn't hurt, according to the Associated Press.

"First, I looked: What is it that fell from the sky?'" McNutt said. "The next thing I know, the camera kind of scratched me a little bit. It was just pulling me and I knew I didn't want to keep going with it."

McNutt dodged the camera as it fell behind him, suffering only a minor scratch, according to the AP. The game was delayed briefly while crews took the camera off the field and made sure the wire was out of the way. Iowa ultimately lost 31-14 to No. 19 Oklahoma.

"I felt like somebody was trying to kill me on their [Oklahoma's] staff," he said. "If you are looking, I'm looking for you. No. It was lucky it didn't hit me."

Watching the camera fall on ESPN, one commentator made a decidedly different observation.

"Heck, if you look up you might think it's a Soviet satellite falling out of the sky or something," he said.

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