Jeopardy! National College Championship Game Recap – Tuesday, February 8, 2022 (Quarterfinal #1)


Here are today’s contestants for the Jeopardy! National College Championship for Tuesday, February 8, 2022 (Quarterfinal #1):


Today’s contestants:

Catherine Zhang, a senior at Cornell University
Catherine Zhang on Jeopardy!
Gus Guszkowski, a senior at Dartmouth College
Gus Guszkowski on Jeopardy!
Isaac Applebaum, a junior at Stanford University
Isaac Applebaum on Jeopardy!

This is initially a placeholder post which will be updated with Final Jeopardy! information and a game recap once it is known.

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Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Welcome to the Jeopardy! National College Championship, where 36 contestants from 36 different schools throughout the United States will compete for a $250,000 grand prize. Our leadoff quarterfinal is between Cornell’s Catherine Zhang, Dartmouth’s Gus Guszkowski, and Stanford’s Isaac Applebaum. Obviously, being the quarterfinals, we don’t really have a lot of information about how any of these 3 players are going to play.

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One theory says Charles T. Torrey, a worker on this, coined its name, which appeared in The Liberator on October 14, 1842


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Correct response: What is the Underground Railroad?


Looking to find out who won this Jeopardy! National College Championship match? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Gus $16,800
Isaac $13,800
Catherine $5,600


Tonight’s results:
Catherine $5,600 – $400 = $5,200 (What is the Tr)
Isaac $13,800 + $2,601 = $16,401 (What is the Underground Railroad) (Semi-Finalist)
Gus $16,800 – $10,801 = $5,999 (What is the Transcon)


Isaac Applebaum, today's Jeopardy! National College Championship winner (for quarterfinal #1 on February 8, 2022).


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Isaac $8,800
Gus $6,400
Catherine $0


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Daily Double locations:
1) BIBLE BOOKS $600 (clue #11)
Isaac 4400 +1600 (Gus 4400 Catherine 0)
2) BIO 201 $1200 (clue #2)
Isaac 9200 +1800 (Gus 6400 Catherine 0)
3) FLORAL GEOGRAPHY $2000 (clue #17, $13200 left on board)
Gus 16000 -2000 (Isaac 14200 Catherine 2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 43


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Isaac $12,200 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Gus $18,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Catherine $5,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $36,600
Lach Trash: $11,400 (on 12 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,000

Isaac Applebaum, career statistics:
19 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $3,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,200

Gus Guszkowski, career statistics:
19 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,800

Catherine Zhang, career statistics:
10 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
21.05% in first on buzzer (12/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

Today’s interviews:
Catherine took a trip to Tibet and got to milk a yak.
Gus wrote some Zoom adaptations of Shakespeare in the pandemic.
Isaac wants to become an oncologist and medical researcher.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It would have been nice to have had multiple contestants advance out of each show; all of these players were enjoyable to watch!

Link to the box score: Jeopardy National College Championship Episode 1 Box Score

Contestant photo credit: ABC/Casey Durkin

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8 Comments on "Jeopardy! National College Championship Game Recap – Tuesday, February 8, 2022 (Quarterfinal #1)"

  1. Tammy Godyn | February 8, 2022 at 9:00 pm |

    Loved watching Isaac Applebaum! As a cancer survivor myself, like his Mom, I cannot laud Isaac enough for his lofty life goals. I pray he achieves these goals. I also was greatly impressed by his proclamation of faith. I will be cheering Isaac on and praying for him.

    • He does seem rather awesome. I wonder if they deliberately put him in the left podium just so that he could tell his story last (it would be hella awkward to follow up that story with something goofy like milking a yak; not that there is anything wrong with goofy stories, I love ’em)

      • Robert Fawkes | February 9, 2022 at 2:27 am |

        Looks to me like the order was determined alphabetically and it was just fortuitous that the awesome Isaac Applebaum wound up at the left most podium to tell his story last.

    • I totally agree with you (and identify with you), Tammy, but Isaac was so soft-spoken (and usually slow) with his responses that I am concerned for him in further rounds. [I think a more appropriate word than “slow” would be “measured”, but Jeopardy! is not the time nor place for “measured” responses.]

  2. I was rooting for the girl from Dartmouth as my good friend , a blues guitarist and part time computer engineer, is a Dartmouth grad.

  3. Isaac told such a heartwarming story about his goals and about his mom. Wow. And also his faith in God as well. (:

  4. Michael Johnston | February 10, 2022 at 1:54 pm |

    The FJ response looks obvious in hindsight, but I’m slumping and missed it. Like the other two contestants, I was thinking of a physical railroad 🙁
    Isaac was cool (although he miscalculated on his FJ wager), but I thought it unfortunate Gus could not pull the FJ off after playing a strong game.

    • I think “worker” was misleading [unintentionally so?] as it subconsciously implies someone holding a “paid” position, whereas a volunteer is actually still a worker.

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