Higgins was Hawaii's No. 2 quarterback and had replaced struggling starter Ikaika Woolsey against the Buffaloes before sustaining the injury in the fourth quarter.
The senior will remain with the team as a student assistant, which head coach Norm Chow said will allow Higgins to get a jump start on his next goal of coaching.
“It’s really a tough deal and we feel really badly for Jeremy,” Chow said in a statement. “He’s the consummate teammate and team leader who worked really hard in his career to get where he’s at. It’s very unfortunate but Jeremy will still be around the team, serving as a student assistant. He wants to get into coaching and this will be a good start for his career.”
Higgins threw for for 511 yards and one touchdown during his career at Hawaii.
The 1-3 Rainbow Warriors have a bye this week before playing at Rice on Oct. 4.
- Molly Geary