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AUBURN, Ala. – 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.