Los Angeles Rams
, needing victory to clinch Western Conference title in National Football League after second-place
remained in contention by beating Philadelphia Eagles 17-10 earlier in the day, turned loose rookie Halfback Ron Waller for 55-yard touchdown run in first few minutes, went on to crush Green Bay Packers 31-17 before 90,535, largest crowd of pro season, at Los Angeles, earned right to meet Cleveland Browns, Eastern champions, in playoff Dec. 26.
warmed up for playoff, exploding for three touchdowns in last 4� minutes to beat Chicago Cardinals 35-24;
New York Giants
squeezed past Detroit Lions 24-19 on running of Frank Gifford and Alex Webster;
came from behind on Eddie LeBaron's pinpoint passing to down Pittsburgh Steelers 28-17; Hugh McElhenny and Y. A. Tittle teamed up to give
San Francisco 49ers
35-24 victory over Baltimore Colts as NFL completed regular season.
Hugh (Duffy) Daugherty, whose Michigan State team, now bound for Rose Bowl, was lightly regarded before season began, was given whopping majority and voted Coach of the Year in Scripps-Howard poll.
Johnny Cherberg, his ouster as University of Washington coach demanded by majority of players, got vote of confidence from Board of Regents, was rehired for 1956. Other coaches were less fortunate. George Sauer, whose Baylor team compiled so-so 5-5 record this year, was replaced by End Coach Sam Boyd, kept job as athletic director; Frank Maze of Colby, Dick Atkinson of Brigham Young and Tom Rogers of Wake Forest resigned; Bob Titchenal of New Mexico was fired.
Stu Holcomb, after nine years as head coach at Purdue, moved over to Northwestern as athletic director, believed first job was "to recruit good athletes," promptly fired Coach Lou Saban and entire staff. Holcomb's successor at Purdue: Line Coach Kenneth (Jack) Mollenkopf.
Duquesne, off and running with 61-25 trouncing of Carnegie Tech, headed for Steel Bowl at Pittsburgh, where Dukes barely beat stubborn Geneva 65-61, then baffled Pitt with pressing defense to win 71-49 for title. With All-America Dick Ricketts gone, All-America Si Green took over scoring burden, got 22 against Pitt.
Alabama's jump-shooting George Linn set school record with 38 points as Crimson Tide rolled over TCU 85-46 in opening round of Birmingham Classic, scored 22 more next night to help beat Valparaiso 82-56 in final.
Temple produced startling upset, out-scoring favored Kentucky 73-61 at Lexington on shooting of Guy Rodgers (24 points) and Hal Lear (19 points), handed Wildcats first home opening-game loss in Coach Adolph Rupp's 26 years. Earlier in week Temple beat Gettysburg 74-53, showed it must be reckoned with in East.
, nation's No. 1 team, made only one start, coasted past San Francisco State 72-47 for 29th straight as Big Bill Russell played only 22 minutes, scored 20 points.