Final 'Jeopardy!': After Impressive Comeback, Sargent Falls Just Shy of Second Win

 by Patrick SargentMarch 17, 2021

For the second night in a row, Worcester's Brendan Sargent appeared on the hit game show Jeopardy! as he looked to defend his championship following Tuesday night's victory.

At the end of the first round, Sargent found himself down just $200 to would-be champion Morgan Briles, a librarian from Texas. In the second round, however, Sargent dropped significantly behind Briles, falling all the way down to $2,200 in earnings early on.

Sargent managed to pull off an impressive comeback in the middle of Double Jeopardy, ultimately raising his earnings all the way to $16,600 -- good for a $1,800 lead heading into Final Jeopardy.

But even on St. Patrick's Day, Sargent's luck ran just short as he came up a half an answer short during Final Jeopardy. The category was Presidential Elections and the clue asked which two parties in 1912 finished second and fourth in the presidential election.

Sargent managed to only come up with one of the answers: Bull Moose Party, wagering $13,001. Briles got both answers correct: Bull Moose and Socialist parties, wagering $6,000 and winning $20,800.

For his second place finish, Sargent added $2,000 to his day one winnings of $7,600 to walk away with $9,600 overall.

Sargent currently hosts a weekly virtual trivia game play with friends and family and is launching his own company soon, Lucky Guess Trivia. As he explained during the first round break to guest host Katie Couric, Sargent has raised more than $5,000 during his trivia games for a number of charities.

Couric, who will host the show from now until March 19, will be followed by Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show [March 22-April 2], and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers [April 5-16].

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