MIAMI (AP) _ Miami, which lost a potential Orange Bowl berth by losing to Syracuse last week, will stay in town anyway and play in the Micron PC Bowl at Pro Player Stadium.

The Dec. 29 game against North Carolina State will be the Hurricanes' second appearance in the game. Miami defeated Virginia 31-21 in the 1996 edition, when it was known as the Carquest Bowl.

``By accepting the invitation to play in the Micron PC Bowl, all of our fans in the region will have the opportunity to see in person the Hurricanes play one more time this season,'' said Paul Dee, Hurricanes athletic director.

Micron Electronics Inc., an Idaho company, signed on last month as the third title sponsor in the game's nine-year history. The contest has a $750,000 payout, the NCAA minimum.

Pro Player Stadium, home to the NFL's Miami Dolphins, is about 20 miles north of the Hurricanes' campus in Coral Gables. Next month, the stadium will be the site of the Super Bowl.

Miami (7-3), a four-time national champion, could have secured a berth in the Bowl Championship Series by beating Syracuse for the Big East title. But the Hurricanes were routed 66-13, giving Syracuse the title.