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Jim Harbaugh Getting Ripped For 4th Down Call vs. Ohio State

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh on the sideline against Penn State.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - OCTOBER 19: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines discusses a previous play with a line judge during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 19, 2019 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Michigan 28-21. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

The Michigan Wolverines were mounting a comeback in the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes, but an abysmal fourth down play resulted in them completely losing momentum.

Jim Harbaugh has been criticized multiple times for his play calling. Earlier in the game, he elected to settle for a short field goal instead of trying to score a touchdown.

During the fourth quarter, the Wolverines went for it on fourth-and-one in their own territory.

Harbaugh called a direct snap for running back Hassan Haskins. Ohio State knew it was coming and stuffed Michigan to force a turnover on downs.

Immediately after the play happened people went on social media to blast Harbaugh, including ESPN host Stephen A. Smith.

"What an awful call on fourth down by Michigan, especially since you’ve been getting zero push from the offensive line," Smith said.

Harbaugh might deserve criticism for other calls during this game, but it turns out the reason the fourth down play didn't work is because Haskins didn't follow his blockers. Former offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz pointed this out on Twitter.

Barring a miraculous comeback from Michigan, Harbaugh's record against Ohio State will drop to 0-5.

There will be a bunch of chatter about whether or not Harbaugh will ever defeat the Buckeyes after this weekend.