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Pickoffs help Auburn escape Florida Atlantic 30-14

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Interceptions by Jermaine Whitehead and Neiko Thorpe led to third-quarter scores that helped Auburn stamp out a Florida Atlantic upset bid 30-14 on Saturday night.

With the defending national champion Tigers (3-1) leading by just four points, Whitehead stepped in front of a Graham Wilbert pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown and a 17-6 Auburn lead 1:26 into the second half.

After Onterio McCalebb took a Barrett Trotter screen pass 51 yards for a touchdown several minutes later, Thorpe intercepted another Wilbert pass and returned it 46 yards to the 19 of Florida Atlantic (0-3) midway through the third quarter, setting up Cody Parkey's 31-yard field goal.

Auburn's offense managed only 315 yards.

The Owls' first touchdown this season came midway through the fourth quarter, a 12-yard screen from Wilbert to Alfred Morris, but they managed only two Vinny Zaccario field goals against Auburn's first-team defense.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.

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