Racking up nearly 600 total yards and 45 points, Georgia did look a lot like Richt's former team the Florida State Seminoles. David Greene and Musa Smith led the Dawgs offensively, combining for well over 400 yards between the two of them.
Greene started the game with 9 straight completions to his receivers. Greene, a left-handed thrower, put the ball on the money most of the afternoon. He spread the ball out to several of his receivers including Damien Gary, Terrence Edwards, Ben Watson, and Michael Johnson.
The offensive line kept its end of the barging by giving Greene all of the protection that he needed. That was not the case last season.
Both Cory Phillips and Quincy Carter spent much of last season running around the backfield looking to create more time to throw. It seems, however, that the protection of the offensive line has improved to a certain extent.
One of the most notable changes from last season to this in terms of the offense is the speed of the offense. I don't mean the actual speed of the players; rather I mean that the pace of the game was faster yesterday.
In the past few seasons, Jim Donnan would have his teams rush from the huddle up to the line for important plays. The move was used to sort of "surprise" the opposition. Often it backfired.
Richt's offensive scheme involves running to the line of scrimmage before the start of the play clock every play. The difference is very noticeable and will serve to run the opposition's defense into exhaustion. Also, the opposition's defense is allowed to make limited substitutions. This caught Arkansas State in precarious situations several times.
The running game did not disappear in Mark Richt's new offense like some had thought it might. Instead, Musa Smith enjoyed a banner day on the field running for just under 160 yards and three touchdowns. Most would think that Richt's offensive schemes might ignore the running game. But on the contrary, it allowed Smith to gain "Heisman" numbers on the night, even though by no means is he a candidate for the award.
No, Georgia did not magically turn into the Florida State offensive juggernaut. But what word can be used to describe an offense that puts up 45 points and 600 yards?