A college student from Eden Prairie is $100,000 richer and is the pride of the University of Minnesota after winning the Jeopardy! College Championship.
Sophomore Nibir Sarma won the annual college student challenge in a show that was recorded before the coronavirus caused production to shut down, and it was broadcast on NBC Friday.
“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,” Sarma said in a press release.
"I really love representing my hometown college and my community," he added.
“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."
His win gets him an automatic invite to the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, and he's sure to be a favorite of host Alex Trebek given Sarma deliberately got an answer wrong just so he could call Trebek "Da Man."
His win has prompted floods of tributes by proud University of Minnesota officials, among them Gophers Football head coach PJ Fleck and Gophers Men's Basketball head coach Richard Pitino.
"Congratulations man! You just made all of us so proud," Fleck said in a video. "What a historic win – Row the Boat! Ski-U-Mah! Go Gophers! Congratulations!"
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel tweeted: "I’m not crying you’re crying ... What an amazing victory just when we need it most. You make us #UMNProud."