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Why Penn State benched Clark

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05:14 AM ET 10.27 | Penn State took measures to protect the junior quarterback Daryll Clark after he sustained a concussion in Saturday's 13-6 win over Ohio State, sidelining him with the Nittany Lions behind by 3 points. Clark was hit on a 7-yard run play late in the third quarter, when he collided with Nader Abdallah, a 300-pound defensive tackle, and tackle Cameron Heyward, who is listed at 287 pounds. Abdallah walked off the field after the hit. Clark played seven more snaps before the drive ended, then he was removed. Teammates said he was visibly shaken up and wanted to re-enter the game, but was not allowed. "The decision was easy in terms of trying to ask what you would want for your kid, my kid, any kid in that kind of situation," Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State's director of athletic medicine, said Sunday in a telephone interview. "We know the stakes are high, but we're pretty much dedicated to the preservation of an athlete's well-being." Asked if coaches resisted his decision to remove Clark, Sebastianelli said: "No one questioned it at all. We knew we had to find another way to win. That was it."

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