Jeopardy! National College Championship Game Recap – Wednesday, February 9, 2022 (Quarterfinal #4)

Here are today’s contestants for the Jeopardy! National College Championship for Wednesday, February 9, 2022 (Quarterfinal #4):

Today’s contestants:

Joey Kornman, a junior at Brandeis University
Joey Kornman on Jeopardy!
Mitch Macek, a sophomore at Villanova University
Mitch Macek on Jeopardy!
Yejun Kim, a senior at Northwestern University
Yejun Kim on Jeopardy!

This is currently a placeholder post which will be updated with Final Jeopardy! information and a game recap once it is known. If this isn’t the game you’re looking for, you can find the recap to today’s syndicated game here, and the recap for Quarterfinal #3 here.

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: In this quarterfinal, Yajun (Northwestern), Mitch (Villanova), and Joey (Brandeis) look to become the 4th of 12 semifinalists.

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Final Jeopardy! category: 20th Century Leaders

He’s called “A flame of inspiration in freedom’s darkest hour” in the proclamation making him an honorary U.S. citizen

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Correct response: Who is Winston Churchill?

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

Scores going into Final:
Joey $16,400
Mitch $8,600
Yejun $6,000

Tonight’s results:
Yejun $6,000 + $0 = $6,000 (Who is Churchill?)
Mitch $8,600 – $8,600 = $0 (Who is Nelson Mandela?)
Joey $16,400 + $801 = $17,201 (Who is Winston Churchill) (Semi-Finalist)

Joey Kornman, today's Jeopardy! National College Championship winner (for quarterfinal #4 on February 9, 2022).

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Joey $5,600
Mitch $4,600
Yejun $2,800


Daily Double locations:
1) THE ELEMENTS $800 (clue #8)
Mitch 800 +1000 (Yejun 0 Joey 1800)
2) PREFIXES $1600 (clue #3)
Joey 6400 -3000 (Yejun 3200 Mitch 4600)
3) ART APPRECIATION $1600 (clue #24, $5200 left on board)
Joey 11800 +3000 (Yejun 4400 Mitch 8600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 79

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

Game Stats:
Joey $18,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 5 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Yejun $6,000 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Mitch $8,400 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,400
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Yejun Kim, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,000

Mitch Macek, career statistics:
11 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Joey Kornman, career statistics:
25 correct, 5 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,000

Today’s interviews:
Joey is a big fan of vexillology—his favorite flag is Antigua’s.
Mitch has had a longstanding iced tea feud with his roommate.
Yejun started watching Jeopardy! with her roommate.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Rules note: Mitch was asked to clarify his first Daily Double bet because “True Daily Double” and “All-In” are two different numbers when you have less than $1000.
  • Also, for those who aren’t as aware about Jeopardy! math: to go from incorrect to correct, you need to double the value of the clue. That was why Joey was refunded $4,000 after a $2,000 clue.

Link to the box score: Jeopardy National College Championship Episode 2 Box Score

Contestant photo credit: ABC/Casey Durkin

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9 Comments on "Jeopardy! National College Championship Game Recap – Wednesday, February 9, 2022 (Quarterfinal #4)"

  1. It seemed like a crude edit when Mitch provided his wager. At first I assumed it was because Mayim forgot to initially remind him he can wager up to the maximum dollar amount (the tape supposedly confirms this), but I guess “all in” now means as much.

  2. i think the judges changing the pneumo & allowing pneumono was incorrect. i believe the clue asked for a 5 letter prefix.

    • The clue said “forms the first 6 letters”. “pneumono” still forms the first six letters (“pneumo”), in spite of being 8.

      It was one of those “technically, you’re correct” deals. I’m OK with it.

  3. Michael Johnston | February 10, 2022 at 2:29 pm |

    Thank goodness for the easy ones! After a long slump (7 games), I remembered this bit from Kennedy’s speech (and the ‘darkest hour’ hint probably would have tipped me off anyway)> W00t! 😀

  4. Andy, I’m surprised that you have to repeat the “to go from incorrect to correct, you need to double the value of the clue” so often, but if some people are actually not getting this, maybe you need to say “first they have to add back the clue value that had been deducted when the response was deemed wrong, then add on the clue value now awarded for being judged acceptable after all”.

    • Lisa:

      The only reason why I included it tonight was that there might be people viewing in prime time that wouldn’t know.

      • Ah, I see, sensible.

        You mentioned that the first night got higher ratings than expected. Do you know if syndicated Jeopardy! ratings are down since the Olympics have been on? How about how this College Championship’s ratings compared to average syndicated ratings?

  5. Rosemary mazza | February 11, 2022 at 12:57 pm |

    Did I miss something? I did not see the college championship last night.

    • The College Championship is airing at a different time, and potentially a different channel, than the daily syndicated show. The College tournament is airing on ABC prime time at 8:00 Eastern/Pacific (7:00 Central/Mountain).

      (Also, the spoiler for last night’s syndicated game has been removed, in case someone watches out of order.)

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