The University of York’s University Challenge team have secured a place in the second round of the BBC quiz show after beating Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in the penultimate first-round match of the competition.
The team answered questions on a variety of subjects, including geology, pop music and equestrian statues.
Although both teams were evenly matched throughout most of the programme, York edged ahead to obtain the 170 points over Corpus Christi’s 135 points when the finishing gong sounded. Host Jeremy Paxman called the University’s score “pretty impressive”.
This success guarantees the York all-male team, who have an average age of 19, a place in the second round of the contest, which will air within the next two months.
The York team, Jack Alexander, Adam Koper, Joe Crowther and captain Alistair Middleton were quick off the mark, correctly answering the first opening question and winning a bonus round of questions.
Politics student Koper also won the team a second set of bonus questions on Geology, winning the team 40 points in the first 5 minutes of the quiz.
Corpus Christi’s team began to catch up. The 662 year old Cambridge college edged ahead after successfully identifying Stevie Wonder as the singer in the music question. However, a false buzz by one of the students from Corpus Christi College coupled with the York team’s successful identification of one of Snow White’s seven dwarves helped the University secure their victory.
Many students at the University of York were pleased with the victory. A second-year Social and Political Sciences student told Nouse: “It was great to watch, we were all pumping our fists in the air with excitement in our house. I can’t wait to see them perform in the second round.”
Corpus Christi College could potentially have the opportunity to win a place in the next round if they are one of the highest scoring losing teams.
In 2011, the University of York gained a place in the final of University Challenge but the team was beaten by Magdalen College, Oxford.