Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw for 304 yards and five touchdowns in the first half and No. 4 Ohio State routed Tulane 49-6 on Saturday to mark coach Urban Meyer’s return to the sideline following a three-game suspension.

Haskins was nearly flawless, completing his first nine passes on the way to a 21-for-24 effort before giving way to backup Tate Martell in the second half as the No. 4 Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) backed off the gas and cruised.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer greets players during their warm before an NCAA college football game against Tulane Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is returning to his coaching duties after a three-game suspension. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Haskins, a third-year sophomore, is among the nation’s leaders in touchdown passes with 16 through the first four games and is on track to eclipse J.T. Barrett’s school record of 35 set last season.

Meyer was back with his team after serving a suspension for his mismanagement of former assistant Zach Smith, who was accused of domestic violence and other questionable behavior while working under Meyer at Florida and Ohio State.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer instructs his team against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Meyer missed the blowouts of Oregon State and Rutgers, then sat in front of his TV nervously at home as the Buckeyes pulled away from then No. 15-TCU in the second half last week to win 40-28. Ryan Day, the co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, temporarily handled sideline coaching duties.

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins drops back to pass against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Parris Campbell caught Haskins’ touchdown passes of 14 and 37 yards in the first quarter. Binjimen Victor, Terry McLaurin and Austin Mack also caught first-half scoring throws. The prettiest might have been the last touchdown, a perfectly placed back-shoulder 14-yarder on which Mack made a falling-down grab.

Campbell, a fifth-year senior, had a career day, catching eight passes for 147 yards and the pair of scores.

Ohio State receiver Terry McLaurin, right, catches a pass for a touchdown against Tulane defensive back P.J. Hall during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulane: The Green Wave couldn’t find an answer to Ohio State’s deadly passing attack and couldn’t get anything going offensively, either.

Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell cuts up field after a catch against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State: Buckeyes gift-wrapped a rout for Meyer, rolling another overmatched opponent on the way to the season’s biggest game so far next week at No. 10 Penn State.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Tulane Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is returning to his coaching duties after a three-game suspension. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

UP NEXT

Tulane: Hosts AAC foe Memphis on Saturday.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Tulane Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is returning to his coaching duties after a three-game suspension. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State: Plays at Penn State on Saturday.

Tulane running back Darius Bradwell, center, pushes his way past Ohio State linebacker Baron Browning into the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Source: The Associated Press

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