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Posted: Sunday, October 4, 1998 1:00 am

IOWA CITY -- Before facing Iowa Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines had averaged six penalties per game.

They doubled that against the Hawkeyes, getting ticketed 12 times for 94 yards.

But it wasn't Michigan coach Lloyd Carr who complained the most about the officiating after the game.

``I'm too mad to even comment about the officiating,'' Fry said.

The Hawks, meanwhile, were flagged seven times for 52 yards, but Fry wanted to see more laundry thrown at the Wolverines for holding, although he would say as much.

``We have a gag order,'' he said tersely.

Offensive line coach Frank Verducci didn't directly bash the men in stripes, but you get his point.

``You wouldn't want me to comment about the officiating,'' he said. ``I'd be the first assistant coach in history to get suspended, and I don't have enough money.''

Dream weaver: Earlier this week, Iowa kicker Tim Douglas admitted to not knowing too much about the history of Iowa football.

But that didn't stop him from talking to ABC's sideline reporter Jack Arute during the middle of the game about his aspirations.

It was late in the game that seemed to be setting itself up for a game-winning field goal much like the one Rob Houghtlin kicked in 1985 against Michigan in Kinnick Stadium. That win kept the Hawkeyes alive for an eventual Rose Bowl berth.

``This is the day I've been dreaming about,'' Arute reported Douglas as saying.

No-go for Crockett: Redshirt freshman running back Robbie Crockett, who became eligible to play Saturday after a four-game suspension, did not play against Michigan.

Fry had speculated earlier in the week that he might turn to Crockett with Ladell Betts being injured.

Betts, who did not practice at all for Michigan, finished with an Iowa-high 69 yards on 16 carries.

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