Tony Adams is making things happen for the Illinois defense.

Last weekend, he made a key late-game interception against Wisconsin to set up a game-winning field goal attempt for James McCourt, helping push the Illini over the Badgers 24-23. A week later, he’s making big plays again.

In the second quarter of Saturday’s game between Illinois and Purdue, the Boilermakers were backed up deep in their own territory, attempting to air it out on a cold and rainy day in West Lafayette. That didn’t go very well for Jack Plummer.

Adams stepped in front of the pass and returned it to the end zone for a touchdown. That score gave the Illini a 10-0 lead in the first half against the Boilermakers.

That was Adams’ second interception of the season, and first pick-six of his career. In his previous two seasons in Champaign, he recorded to total interceptions.

It’s still early, but it looks like the Illini are using that momentum from last week’s win over Wisconsin against Purdue.