Why James Franklin is making Michigan football fans grateful for Jim Harbaugh

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh warms up before the game against Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in State College, Pennsylvania.
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Never a doubt, eh Jim Harbaugh?

Michigan football came up clutch for its head coach in a 21-17 win Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Harbaugh certainly would have taken some heat had his team lost, but it's now James Franklin who fans are questioning.

If you missed it, the game was a snoozer that finished with a whirlwind fourth quarter, similar to many Big Ten matchups. Michigan led by one possession from the second quarter through the third but could not extend its lead. Penn State roared back, scoring the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to take a 17-14 lead with about 6 minutes left.

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The Nittany Lions' lead was short-lived; crossing routes on second-and-10 freed Erick All for a 47-yard touchdown with a little less than 4 minutes left in the game.

A hobbled Sean Clifford looked to be in pain before taking the field with 3:29 left, and Michigan sealed the win a stop on fourth down and some kneel-downs.

Fans of both teams were upset with their head coaches for various reasons on social media, but some Michigan fans took the opportunity to show appreciation for Harbaugh who finally got another win on the road vs. a ranked team.

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There weren't as many "Jim Harbaugh is really good" tweets as there were "James Franklin is really bad" tweets.

Never good when your offense is lumped in with those guys.

Some love for the ever-trusty nine-win season.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan football fans grateful after win vs. Penn State