But when the moment finally arrived, he couldn't do much celebrating.
"They tell me I can't really talk that much," said King, who is still recovering from a broken jaw suffered two weeks ago in a loss to LSU.
King was fitted with a special protective facemask and a mouth guard with additional padding to ensure he would make it through the game without doing additional damage to his jaw.
King's first score was a two-yard rumble into the end zone, and his second came on a screen pass that went 21 yards.
"It was the perfect call at the perfect time, and the line was out there blocking, so I just followed them straight to the end zone," King said of the latter touchdown.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT'S DUE
Joe Cox had a career-long 65-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter Saturday, one he'll probably tell his kids about one day.
Just don't expect him to go into too much detail.
The score came on a short dump to receiver A.J. Green, who made people miss on the way to the end zone, and a personal career-best for himself too.
"We were on the right hash, I threw it further than a yard," Cox said, laughing. "No, I probably won't mention that. I'm not going to sit here and act like I made a great play. Everybody saw what A.J. did."
Green merely provided his weekly addition to his personal highlight reel, making a Vanderbilt defensive back miss in space before weaving his way through the rest of the Commodore defense.
It was a departure from his usual jump-ball touchdown grabs, but hardly surprising.
"That was fun," Green said. "This right here is just real life for me. I'm loving every minute of it. It's just getting better each game."
As for the highlight-reel run, Cox said it was a nice change-of-pace from Green's usual heroics, but it hardly came as a shock.
"Everybody knows what he can do," Cox said. "That play he scored on, that was a little crazy, but nothing really surprises me anymore, and that's why we throw him the ball."
KICK BACK AND RELAX
The key to Georgia's win Saturday was a new relaxed approach, Green said, and the key to the new approach was a liberating realization the team came to during the week.
Georgia set aside its big-picture goals and simply played for the moment, and the players found a renewed bit of enthusiasm that they hope will follow through into this week's open date and a looming showdown with No. 1 Florida.
"We got things rolling in the right direction, and we've got to use these two weeks to get ready to play our best game," linebacker Rennie Curran said.
Saturday's win was a big morale boost, and the bye week should give Georgia plenty of time to prepare for its archrival. But it's that new attitude that might be the key for the Bulldogs as they mold their strategy for a potentially enormous upset in two weeks.
"The pressure is on them," cornerback Brandon Boykin said of Florida. "We've got nothing to lose. We can just go out there and play as hard as we can, and this momentum from this win, I feel like we're going to carry that over and continue to get better."
Tyler Estep Contributed to this report.