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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels let the Tigers lose 42-28 to Alabama in the second half following a hit by Crimson Tide linebacker Dallas Turner on Saturday evening.
Daniels, who attempted to stay in the game, was later placed in the concussion protocol after a remarkable effort that saw him throw for 219 yards and run for 163 more in the loss.
“He had a head injury and couldn’t come back,” LSU coach Brian Kelly said after the loss. “We’ll obviously have to run him through more testing before we can accurately say whether it was a concussion, a non-concussion, or things of that nature.”
Later, during his post-match press conference, Kelly was asked about any potential revisions to Turner’s shot for targeting purposes. The play did draw a roughing flag against the passer, but nothing else.
“We asked them,” he said. “They said the stand was looking at it for targeting. Obviously I don’t have the ability to see that. But any time there’s head or neck contact, you think it must there be some form of targeting.”
Daniels lay face down on the ground before leaving the field. His mother went down to the medical tent to check on him.
“They looked at him,” Kelly added. “They didn’t feel like it was targeting. So we moved on.”
Garrett Nussmeier finished the game for LSU. He completed 5 of 10 passes for 53 yards in a game where Alabama scored the final 14 points and pulled away.
“We’re playing a Top 10 on the road. You can’t play well,” Kelly said. “We played well, (but) good isn’t good enough. You have to play elite when you go on the road and play a Top 10 team.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.