Nation's leading rusher injures ankle in third quarter

Updated: October 30, 2003, 10:13 PM ET

DENTON, Texas -- North Texas' Patrick Cobbs, the nation's leading rusher, sprained his right ankle late in the third quarter against Troy State on Thursday night.

Cobbs was injured after being stopped for no gain. His return was listed as questionable.

The sophomore rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns, and returned a blocked punt 8 yards for a touchdown as North Texas led 21-0 after three quarters.

Cobbs, who missed two games earlier in the season with a thigh bruise, was averaging 152.2 yards rushing per game coming in. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark early in the third quarter.

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