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Jim Harbaugh Sent Michigan's Kicker to Try a 59-Yard Field Goal and it Wasn't Even Close

CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 12: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines is seen during the second half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 12, 2019 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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What on earth was Jim Harbaugh thinking here? The Michigan Wolverines were trailing against Penn State as the first half neared its end, and on fourth down around midfield, rather than punt the ball away, Harbaugh sent the Wolverines kicker out to attempt an incredibly long 59-yard field goal attempt. Sounds reasonable, right?

Well, as you expected, the kick was WAY short. And almost immediately, Twitter erupted with fans questioning Harbaugh's decision-making.

Penn State was handed the ball at the 41-yard line and was given an opportunity to add to their lead ahead of halftime. While they didn't capitalize, the careless decision from Harbaugh got fans riled up.

Considering Jake Moody has never hit a field goal from beyond 48 yards out, Harbaugh was out of his mind to think this one even had a chance.

It bounced before reaching the back of the end zone and the Nittany Lions all of a sudden were sitting pretty in Wolverines territory.

We're really hoping Harbaugh is asked about this moment after the game, because hearing his response will be pure gold.

He's proving week in and week out that he's the most overpaid coach in college football, and his decision-making gets more questionable with each passing game.