Jayden Daniels leaves game vs. Alabama: No targeting penalty

Nov 5, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) is tackeled by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jordan Battle (9) during the second half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) is tackeled by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jordan Battle (9) during the second half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jayden Daniels was doing everything he could to keep pace with Alabama’s suddenly dynamic offense led by Jalen Milroe. Daniels was 15/24 for 163 yards and a touchdown passing with another 163 yards and a score on the ground when he was forced to leave the game due to an injury. At the time Alabama led 42-28.

Alabama defensive end Dallas Turner drove Daniels into the ground and dislodged his helmet on the play. A roughing the passer penalty was called on the play, though CBS officiating analyst Gene Steratore suggested that the play should have been reviewed for targeting.

Backup quarterback, Garrett Nussmeier took his spot on the field for one play before Daniels returned to the field. Then Daniels was pulled again and sent into the blue medical tent on the sideline.

CBS sideline reporter Jenny Dell reported that Daniels is in concussion protocol and is out for the remainder of the game. Nussmeier was unable to convert a fourth-down on his first drive which gave the Crimson Tide a chance to close out the game. This year, Nussmeier came into the game 12/23 passing for 143 yards with one touchdown.

Daniels was playing very well and keeping LSU afloat despite their lackluster defensive effort. He and his favorite target Malik Nabers look unstoppable. No penalty would have made up for the loss of a Heisman candidate quarterback, but LSU fans are not happy that targeting was not called on the play.

LSU is heading toward its third loss of the season. Daniels did not get a chance to lead a comeback in the fourth quarter after his heroic effort last season and now the Tigers will be out of the race in the SEC West and possibly without their superstar quarterback. Yet, Dallas Turner was not removed from the game and the play was not reviewed for targeting. LSU fans will not be happy about SEC officiating this week.