Dogs hope to build on victory over Vols

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia hit the midway point of its season with something to build on, a 41-14 thrashing of Tennessee on Saturday that just might signal better times for the Bulldogs in the coming weeks.

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (left) rushed for two scores and added two TDs through the air in a 41-14 victory over Tennessee. It was the Bulldogs' first conference win of the season. 
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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (left) rushed for two scores and added two TDs through the air in a 41-14 victory over Tennessee. It was the Bulldogs' first conference win of the season.

"The hope is to build on that momentum, to continue to grind and just keep finding ways to play with that kind of energy level," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

Wins have been few and far between for the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-3 Southeastern Conference), but Georgia would like to change that by making it two in a row against Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-1) on Saturday.

Georgia hasn't won back-to-back SEC games since September 2009 when it beat South Carolina and Arkansas.

After suffering through a four-game losing streak for the first time since 1990, the Bulldogs appreciated Saturday's win over Tennessee even more.

"It was good medicine for me personally and for our staff and our players, and I'm sure our fans and our families, everybody," Richt said Sunday evening. "We work so hard to get those types of results and not only was it a win, but it was just a very well played game."

Having dispatched the Volunteers, Georgia's next three games are also against SEC East opponents, a division with only one team with a winning conference record: South Carolina at 2-1.

The Bulldogs will play host to a Commodores team that Georgia has beaten 14 of the past 15 years. That's followed by a game at Kentucky, which is 0-3 in the conference, and the annual showdown with Florida, which is 2-2 in the post-Tim Tebow era.

"At 1-4, you've got a lot of people doubting you and we decided to come out and play hard and pull for each other and show some fight," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "We've got to come out and do it again next week. We can't rest on our laurels."

The team won't return to a full-pads practice today like it did last Monday, but Richt plans to bring that physical dimension to "a heck of a Tuesday practice." He also said he'll lead the team onto the field again and run through the Georgia "G" on Saturday.

"I actually had a little fun," he said. "That's the first time I've done it. When I got to the big 'G' there -- the breakaway flag or whatever you call it -- it just caught me off guard -- because every time I've been to that point there was nothing there. I didn't realize what it looked like until I broke through it. It was fun and it got my blood pumping a little bit, too."

After playing a "real solid game," Richt hopes there are similar performances to come.

"It's like I told the team in the locker room, 'Let's not think about what could have been," he said. "Let's think about what could be from this point forward.' That's where we've got to focus."


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