DENTON, Texas (11/12/07) - Following his eight touchdown performance against Navy, Giovanni Vizza has been named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Vizza set an NCAA FBS record for touchdown passes by a freshman and tied another record for touchdown passes in a half regardless of classification when he threw for eight touchdowns and 478 yards on 40-of-50 passing in the 74-62 loss to Navy. His eight touchdown passes is the most by any quarterback in the NCAA this season. His eight touchdown passes also set Sun Belt Conference and North Texas records and his 478 yards trails only teammate Daniel Meager in the record book who had 601 yards passing earlier this season.
Vizza had seven touchdown tosses in the first half as North Texas jumped out to 35-17 lead midway through the second quarter. Vizza hooked up with seven different receivers, including Casey Fitzgerald 13 times and five touchdowns. He was picked off twice in the game.
It is the second time this season a Mean Green player has earned SBC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Fitzgerald picked up the award following his record setting day against SMU earlier in the season, when he tallied 18 catches for 327 yards.
North Texas returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. on the road against Arkansas State.