RICHMOND- Texas is back in the Jeopardy College Championship for the first time since 2004.
The Longhorns fell to Carnegie Mellon in that year’s semi finals. Kermin Fleming defeated Texas’ Lindsey Hargrove and West Virginia’s Kelly Burd en route to winning it all.
16 years later, revenge is a dish best served cold and it came down to the final clue. What’s the golden rule of Jeopardy? Beware the final question.
Sure enough, Marshall Comeaux, a sophomore at the University of Texas , applied the rule and was the only player in final to come up with a correct response.
As a result, Comeaux defeated Princeton senior Sirad Hassan and Carnegie Mellon senior Emma Farrell by a score of $17,599 to Farrell’s $6,799 and Hassan’s $100.
Marshall’s victory assured him a spot in the semi-finals while the other two will look to earn a wild-card berth.
A sophomore downing two seniors on the first day? A win for the underclassmen and a statement from the state of Texas.
The only issue Marshall had was missing a clue about his alma matter which featured Matthew Mcconaughey. Bummer but a victory softens the blow.
After the Jeopardy round however, if you thought Comeaux or Hassan had a remote shot, you would have been kidding yourself.
Farrell went off in a manner that resembled recent sensation James Holzhauer , taking an $8,000 lead over her two opponents, who each had $1,000.
With the help of a Daily Double in a clue about Mannals, it seemed that Farrell was poised to pull of a dominating performance. Just like how Fleming did it in 2004 en route to the school’s only college championship.
Double Jeopardy however was a flipping of the script. Comeaux snagged both Daily Doubles in “Official Language in Common” and “What do you stand for?” while Farrell’s lead was cut down.
Hassan failed to grasp the buzzer speed and at one point ended up in the red. Still, the Princeton senior managed to get out of the red and still be able to participate in the final round.
Going into final, it was a two player race between Emma and Marshall with Emma in the lead while Sirad looked to earn a wild card berth. The category? Wonders of the Modern World.
The Clue: Nicknamed “The Big Ditch”, in 2014 this modern wonder celebrated its 100th anniversary. The Answer: The Panama Canal
Both ladies missed the final while Comeaux got it right. Hence, the scores as said before. Texas moves on.
What’s next for the two ladies? In Farrell’s case, there is a shot to earn the Wild Card berth, For Hassan, judging by the competition in this tournament, a $100 score probably won’t cut it.
For Princeton, their journey to win a college title since Terry O’Shea in 2014, comes to a disappointing end in the first game.
Texas on the other hand, has not won the tournament ever. They’ve been here twice (2000 and 2004), both times falling in the Semi-Finals.
If Comeaux can pull through with another performance like this, the Longhorns will be playing for the $100,000 prize. Only time will tell how it goes for the sophomore from Dallas.
Up next: Florida State vs Florida vs Yale
An in state rivalry with a Bulldog. Should be a fun game 2. The tournament has just begun.