TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Arizona State has lost leading rusher Ryan Torain for the balance of the 2007 season because of a left foot fracture.
The injury is at or near Torain's left big toe and occurred in the first quarter as the 12th-ranked Sun Devils (7-0) trounced Washington, 44-20, last Saturday.
'It's unfortunate, really unfortunate, because he's given so much to this program," Arizona State Coach Dennis Erickson told the Arizona Republic. "But these things happen in football."
In six games this year, Torain, a 6-foot-2-inch, 213-pound senior from Shawnee Mission, Kan., scored five touchdowns on 110 rushing attempts for 553 yards.
Last season, the transfer from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., was chosen to the All-Pac-10 second team after scoring three times on 223 attempts for 1,229 yards.
He was a projected candidate for the Maxwell Award as the nation's top running back at season's end.