Wulff said his post-game impressions were pretty similar to his current thoughts.
"There were a lot of really good things that showed up that we haven't done well in the past," he said, adding that he was impressed with the team's execution on its big plays.
WULFF SAID THE running backs and defensive line stood out on the tape. He felt that the running backs blocked well and the linemen were relatively decent against the run.
Junior defensive tackle Toby Turpin, who lost his starting status to classmate Josh Luapo just days before the opener, saw significant playing time and had a pair of tackles.
"Toby's really physical and he's capable enough to be a really good player," Wulff said. "We need to know we can get it from him all the time. We're right in the middle of that development."
The secondary also gave up one big play — a 63-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to Chris Owusu on a hitch pattern — but Wulff said he mostly was satisfied with the defensive backs.
He liked junior Chima Nwachukwu's performance at cornerback, and said his flexibility gives them the ability to develop redshirt freshmen cornerback Daniel Simmons and safeties LeAndre Daniels and Jay Matthews. Wulff expects the latter to return from a shoulder injury in a week or two.
BUT NOT ALL is going to be positive after a blowout loss.
Junior kicker Nico Grasu, who later made field goals from 44 and 35 yards out, missed a short one on the Cougars' opening drive.
And after senior Kevin Lopina found sophomore Jared Karstetter in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown to cut WSU's deficit to 22-10 in the third quarter, the special teams allowed Owusu to score on an 85-yard kickoff return. Wulff said there were some breakdowns in that area that need to be addressed.
Those observations also extended to the offensive line; he liked the unit's work early in the game, but wasn't really happy near halftime and late in the game.
"We've got to get better there," Wulff said. "We're not good enough in that area."
He doesn't expect any starters to be replaced on the offensive line against Hawaii, but said some of the younger players might receive playing time. Junior Brian Danaher replaced sophomore B.J. Guerra when his back tightened.
"Maybe we'll give a couple of other guys opportunities to grow and play," he said. "They've got to have a good week and prove they can play."
The players took Sunday off, but will return to the practice field today.