SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Their improvement has been obvious. But even after Georgia's best performance of the season, the Bulldogs didn't know how much better things would get for them Saturday.
"Some goals that we had at the beginning of the season, we still have them,'' UGA Linebacker Akeem Dent said after the Dogs' 43-0 win over Vanderbilt, which lifted UGA to 3-4 on the season. "We still have them set out.''
And suddenly, that is not nearly as delusional as it would have just a few days ago.
After their second win in a row and losses later Saturday by South Carolina and Florida, the Dogs are back at least within sight of first place in the SEC East, having rejoined a race that seemed to leave them at the starting line when they lost their first three conference games this season.
"We're improving,'' said UGA coach Mark Richt. "I thought we were improving when we were losing. But hopefully we'll keep going and get even better.''
Hope might not be all that's returned to Athens.
The Dogs, two weeks removed from their worst month in two decades, could actually now have the most momentum in the East race.
"It's really going,'' said UGA split end Tavares King. "The train has left the station and it's going down the track.''
"We just have to keep working hard and playing for each other,'' added receiver A.J. Green. "Hold each other accountable and just try to make plays whenever our number is called.''
And nobody is calling the idea of UGA getting back into the SEC East race crazy after back-to-back wins in which the Dogs scored a total of 84 points.
"I feel like we just have to take it one game at a time and keep pushing,'' said King. "Just keep the train going in the right direction and everything will be all right.''
And just maybe a lot better than anyone could have imagined.