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IU senior Tyler Combs finishes second in ‘Jeopardy!’ 2020 College Championship



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Senior Tyler Combs poses with "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek. Combs finished second in the 2020 College Championship finals Friday. Courtesy Photo

IU senior Tyler Combs finished in second place in ‘Jeopardy!’ 2020 College Championship on Friday. Combs was awarded $50,000. 

University of Minnesota sophomore Nibir Sarma won the competition and $100,000, and University of Southern California sophomore Xiaoke Ying finished in third place was awarded $25,000. Fifteen students participated in the College Championships.

On Thursday, Combs finished in last place with $200. Sarma won $22,196, and Ying won $800. Each day, the competitors started with $0.

Entering Final Jeopardy, Combs had $14,600. Combs answered correctly to the clue, “In legend, this real European leader fielded an elite corps called the 12 peers that included Oliver & Roland,“ with, “Who is Charlemagne?” He wagered $5,200, which brought his second round finals total up to $19,800. Combined with his $200 his earnings from the first round, Combs ended with $20,000.

Combs solved about 16 clues during the Friday competition.

During the program, he thanked his family, friends and IU for their support.

"I've loved my four years at that school," Combs said. "I want to give a big thanks to all my professors for being such a positive force in my life and giving me the kinds of intellectual skills needed to put me on 'Jeopardy!'"

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