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Texas McCombs Senior Clinches Spot in ‘Jeopardy!’ Finals

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AUSTIN, Texas — In a nail-biting match, Jaskaran Singh, BBA’22, wagered everything in Final Jeopardy! to earn his spot in the “Jeopardy! National College Championship” finals, to air Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

Singh, a senior at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business double majoring in finance and economics, entered the last round Friday night in a close second place, during a contest so suspenseful that host Mayim Bialik commented her own nervous energy was “at an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10.”

In the category “Characters in Banned Books,” Singh was the only contestant with the correct response to the answer: “Introduced in 1928, this character has a disappointing affair with a writer before she begins a more satisfying relationship.”

The question “Who is Lady Chatterley?” doubled Singh’s score, while both his opponents guessed, “Who is Madame Bovary?”

“I was initially pretty sure it was Lady Chatterley and was writing it down as soon as the clue was revealed. With about 5 seconds left, I thought I may have messed up, but I didn’t have a better answer,” Singh said. “So I went with it, and it worked!”

The UT community continues to rally in support as he contends for the $250,000 grand prize. Second place earns $100,000, and third place, $50,000.

Read our Q&A about Singh’s trivia history and graduation plans.