Northwest's senior quarterback threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns while the defense force six turnovers as the nation's second-ranked team beat No. 8 Washburn 52-21 on Saturday.
Adams completed 23 of 27 passes with no interceptions as part of his Senior Day effort in Maryville as the Bearcats improved to 9-0 for the first time since 2006.
Just as they did in Topeka, Kan. last season, Northwest's defense had quarterback Mitch Buhler's number. The Bearcats hauled in five interceptions, including two by Bryce Enyard and a pick six for Brian Dixon. Sophomore nose guard also picked off a pass, recovered a fumble and recorded two sacks.
Sophomore Brady Bolles began the scoring with 5:14 to go in the first quarter, punching in the first of his two touchdowns from three yards out. Northwest would score 28 unanswered points before the Ichabods (8-1, 7-1) responded.
Adams connected with Bryce Young on a 35-yard touchdown and Marcus Wright on a 30-yard strike before the break as part of a 35-point first half.
Buhler connected on two first-half touchdown tosses as well, while completing 16 of 35 passes for 194 yards overall.
It took until late in the third quarter for one side to strike again, but Adams hooked up with Clint Utter from 28 yards out for his third touchdown.
Billy Creason added the final score with 3:16 left in the game, capping off a 15-carry, 77-yard performance.