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'Jeopardy!': Who won the 2020 College Championship and its $100,000 prize? - USA TODAY

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Spoiler alert: This story reveals the winner of the "Jeopardy!" 2020 College Championship.

Seniority doesn't necessary have its privileges when it comes to the "Jeopardy!" College Championship.

University of Minnesota sophomore Nibir Sarma proved that Friday, winning the two-night finale to become the 2020 college champion. With the victory, Sarma, who lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, claimed the $100,000 grand prize and a spot in the next "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions. 

Sarma held a commanding lead after Thursday, the first night of the two-day cumulative contest, hosted, as always, by Alex Trebek. His first-game winnings of $22,195 put him far ahead of his two competitors, who both bet big and answered incorrectly on the Final Jeopardy! clue.

'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek, left, poses with 2020 College Championship winner Nibir Sarma, who will take the $100,000 grand prize back home to Minnesota.

 (Photo: Jeopardy! Productions, Inc.)

Sarma maintained that dominance on Friday's show and was so far ahead he could cross out the correct Final Jeopardy! response and offer a salute to Trebek, the beloved host whose discussion of his cancer diagnosis and treatment has inspired millions of people. 

With Historic Figures as the Final Jeopardy! category, the clue was: "In legend, this real European leader fielded an elite corps called The 12 Peers that included Oliver & Roland." Sarma had the correct answer, "Who is Charlemagne?" but he crossed it out and wrote "Who Da Man?" After Trebek read his answer, he responded, “You Da Man, Alex.”

Despite losing his final wager of $2,020, an amount matching the year of the championship, Sarma finished with a two-night total of $47,770, more than double that of either competitor. (The dollar totals were to determine placing for the contestants, with the money prizes pre-determined depending on place of finish.)

Tyler Combs of Greenfield, Indiana, a senior at Indiana University, finished second (two-night total: $20,000), good for a $50,000 payout, and Xiaoke Ying of Arcadia, California, took third position (two-night total: $14,000), winning $25,000 at the conclusion of the college competition. Both correctly answered "Who was Charlemagne?"

Sarma, who is majoring in chemical engineering with minors in math and computer science, is the first University of Minnesota student to win the college competition.

He spoke up for public university students and expressed pride in his home state.

“I’m so proud and happy to represent the state of Minnesota, and also represent students at large public universities who sort of get viewed in a different way than, say, some private colleges,” he said in a statement.

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“I really love representing my hometown college and my community. I’m hoping, since Minnesota isn’t featured that often in national conversation, that I can bring some attention to our area and to the whole state that made me into the person I am today," he said.

'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek, second from left, joins with 2020 College Championship finalists Tyler Combs, left, Nibir Sarma and Xiaoke Ying. Sarma took the crown Friday.

 (Photo: Jeopardy! Productions, Inc.)

While Sarma says he'll take a minute to catch his breath, he isn't planning to rest on his laurels in advance of the Tournament of Champions.

"I know the competition there will be very tough and the questions will be a lot harder, so I’m planning on studying a lot more for that tournament as it gets closer,” he said. “For now, I’m just relaxing. It’s still on the horizon, but I don’t want to stress myself out more than I have to. I just won $100,000; I feel like I can afford to relax a bit!”

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