EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — New Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn wants the Red Wolves to play fast. They're about to get quite a lesson.
Malzahn makes his debut as Arkansas State's head coach on Saturday night against the No. 5 Oregon Ducks, whose speed has become the hallmark of their high-scoring, yard-reaping offense.
The Ducks averaged more than 46 points and 522 yards of total offense per game last season. They had 88 plays from scrimmage that went for 20 yards or more. Their offense averaged a point every 32.6 seconds of possession.
Over the past two seasons, the Ducks have grown accustomed to the fact that many of their opponents would like nothing better than to knock them off track. But Oregon looks a bit different this season.