Before the first football game between Houston and Texas, in Austin in 1953, Shasta, the Cougars' live mascot, got her paw caught in the cage door and lost a toe. During the Longhorns' blowout, UT fans mocked the visitors by mimicking a wounded paw. UH fans remembered that 15 years later and flashed the Cougar Paw when upstart Houston tied powerhouse Texas. The sign was a tradition by 1976, when Houston ended UT's 42-game home winning streak with a 30-0 rout. As Cougars QB and Heisman candidate Case Keenum knows, you don't mess with a wounded cat.