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Freshman Jeremy Johnson throws 4 TD passes in Auburn's 62-3 rout of Western Carolina

  • Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) celebrates with wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) after throwing Louis a 46-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Western Carolina in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) celebrates with wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) after throwing Louis a 46-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Western Carolina in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) dives into the end zone to score as Western Carolina defensive back Sertonuse Harris (4) defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) dives into the end zone to score as Western Carolina defensive back Sertonuse Harris (4) defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Western Carolina wide receiver Terryon Robinson (16) misses a catch as Auburn defensive back Jonathon Mincy (6) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    Western Carolina wide receiver Terryon Robinson (16) misses a catch as Auburn defensive back Jonathon Mincy (6) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)  (The Associated Press)

Freshman Jeremy Johnson passed for 201 yards and four touchdowns in his college debut and Auburn racked up a school-record 712 total yards in a 62-3 rout of Western Carolina on Saturday.

Johnson was announced as the starter Friday evening for the Tigers (5-1) with Nick Marshall not fully recovered from a knee injury. He picked apart the Football Championship Subdivision Catamounts (1-6) to complete 17 of 21 passes before leaving midway through the third quarter.

Cameron-Artis Payne ran for 133 yards on seven carries, including a 59-yard run and a 25-yard touchdown on one drive in the third quarter. Tre Mason gained 100 yards on six carries with first-half touchdowns of 20 and 53 yards.

Auburn held Western Carolina, which has lost 32 in a row to FBS and FCS teams, to 173 total yards.

The Tigers' old record of 695 yards came against Southwestern Louisiana in 1985.