"It's coming at the right time," he said. "I think they all are ready for it."
The Cougars (2-9 overall, 1-7 Pac-10) ended a 16-game conference losing streak and earned the first road win of Wulff's era. But Wulff said there was not much time for celebration among coaches afterward as three headed out directly from Corvallis to recruit and more departed later when the team returned to Pullman. He said seven coaches will be on the road until Wednesday night. The team resumes practice Thursday.
Those that stayed on the Palouse were greeted by a raucous crowd at the airport and a gathering of a few hundred fans when the bus showed up Saturday night at Bohler Gym. One reporter suggested that it was a crowd that might be expected after a team returned from playing in the Rose Bowl. Wulff agreed, but said he understood the situation given his program's struggles.
"That was a lot of fun for our students and players," he said.
IT MIGHT HAVE been the first time many of the players were able to celebrate after the plane ride.
"Guys were a lot more relaxed," Wulff said. "It was quiet. I think everyone was exhausted."
Perhaps that comes with dominating an opponent. Wulff said he was pleased with how the Cougs played in all facets — offense, defense and special teams. It was the breakthrough Wulff has been anticipating. For weeks, Wulff said the coaches and players have received compliments from their peers, but the result always still was a loss.
"I think if you watch our football team play on film, I think you see a lot of good things happening," Wulff said. "I think that is a tribute to our players. Our culture is changing. We've got kids who believe and their effort shows it."
"Our offensive line blocked their defensive front seven better than they have," Wulff said.
"You take any team in America with that schedule for 11 consecutive weeks and they're going to lose a couple," Wulff said.