STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Mississippi State is putting up big numbers two days before its SEC Western Division showdown against LSU.

The Bulldogs set a Guinness World Record on Thursday night by having 5,748 people ring cowbells simultaneously during a pep rally called Cowbell Yell on campus.

Cowbells have been a staple at Mississippi State football games for decades, providing a deafening experience for opposing teams. At a typical game, there are tens of thousands of Mississippi State fans ringing the metal noisemakers.

But Mississippi State spokesman Kyle Niblett said Guinness has strict standards for its records and the logistics of trying to set the record at a game proved impossible.

No. 25 Mississippi State (1-0) hosts No. 14 LSU (0-0) on Saturday. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers 34-29 last season in Baton Rouge to snap a 14-game losing streak in the series.