ATLANTA (AP) _ Terry Harvey says North Carolina State's football program is heading in the right direction.

So the Wolfpack quarterback says he intends to stick around for his senior season to be a part of it rather than pursue a pro baseball career.

Harvey led the 23rd-ranked Wolfpack to two second-half touchdowns Sunday night in a 28-24 victory over No. 16 Mississippi State in the Peach Bowl.

``It is great for the program,'' Harvey, a baseball pitcher, said. ``No one gave us a chance this season. The league put us to finish fifth or sixth in the league and they said we would get blown out tonight. We proved everybody wrong.''

The Wolfpack, which finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference, used speed and quickness to beat the much larger Bulldogs.

``They had bulk and power and we had speed and power,'' defensive tackle Carl Reeves said. ``We made them run east and west instead of north and south. We laid everything on the line. We felt like we had nothing to lose.''

While Harvey provided the offensive spark to overcome a 21-13 deficit, it was the NC State defense that kept the Wolfpack in the game.

Six times the Bulldogs reached the Wolfpack 21 or better, but they managed to score only one touchdown and five field goals.

``The defense played its best game of the entire season,'' said freshman tailback Tremayne Stephens, who led the Pack with 105 yards on 21 carries and scored the first touchdown on a 1-yard run.

Harvey completed a 3-yard scoring pass to Dallas Dickerson late in the third quarter, then ran for the 2-point conversion that created a tie at 21.

Just over three minutes later, Carlos King scored on an 11-yard run two plays after Harvey connected with Jimmy Grissett on a 62-yard pass to the MSU 13, a play on which two Bulldog defenders collided at the MSU 45, leaving Grissett with a lot of open space before being knocked out of bounds by Clay Mack.

The Pack's other scoring came on field goals of 36 and 45 yards by Steve Videtich.

Michael Davis had the only Bulldog touchdown on an 11-yard run in the second quarter. The rest of the offensive production belonged to Tim Rogers, who had field goals of 37, 21, 29, 36 and 30 yards.

``You don't get points by getting down to the 10 or the 5,'' Wolfpack safety Drea Major said. ``You have to get it into the end zone.''

The Bulldogs also got a safety less than three minutes into the second half to break a 13-13 tie. It came when Andre Bennett blocked Chad Robson's punt from the Pack 39. The ball rolled back into the end zone and Robson kept the Bulldogs from getting a touchdown when he pounced on the ball for a safety.

``We just didn't perform,'' MSU coach Jackie Sherrill said. ``I thought we didn't throw and catch very well. The game plan was good. We just didn't execute it very well.

``I felt that if we could win the kicking game, that we would have a chance to win,'' Sherrill added. ``As it was, that was all we won.''